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Effect of dispersed holdup on drop size distribution in oil-water dispersions: Experimental observations and population balance modeling
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Wang W, Cheng W, Duan J, Gong J, Hu B, Angeli P
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    22, 31
  • Journal:
    Chemical Engineering Science
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  • Keywords:
    Dispersed phase fraction, Dispersion, Drop size distribution, Mixing, Population balance, Turbulence
The drop diameter distribution (DSD) of dispersed Exxsol D80 oil-in-water in a lab scale stirred tank was predicted numerically using population balance equations (PBEs) modeling. It was assumed that the flow area was split into two zones, around the impeller with high energy dissipation rate and further away from the impeller with low energy dissipation rate. The dispersed phase chord length (CLD) distribution was experimentally measured with a focused beam reflectance method (FBRM) probe, and was then converted to the drop diameter distribution (DSD) numerically using a backward transform. Comparisons between the PBEs model results against experimental data from the current work and from previous literature showed that the PBEs predicted well the data at low dispersed phase fractions but overpredicted them at high ones. The predictions were slightly better when an increased power number was used. In addition, it was found that improved predictions could be obtained when the region of high energy dissipation rate around the impeller was enhanced. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
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