Macroscopic estimation method of the mixedness of Kenics type static mixer

Sunho You, Naotaka Higuchi, Toshihisa Ueda

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We investigated the mixing process of the Kenics type static mixer, in which the mixing is enhanced by both advective mixing and mixing due to molecular diffusion in order to propose an estimation method of the mixedness. The results show that the element divides, folds and stretches the mixing fluids and forms a lamellar structure with striation width la. The value of la decreases with an increase in the number of elements by la-(2n-1)-1, which represents the characteristics length of advective mixing. The characteristic length of mixing due to molecular diffusion ld can be estimated by solving the one-dimensional unsteady species conservation equation analytically. The macroscopic estimation and prediction method of mixedness is proposed as function of la and ld. When la>ld, the advective mixing is dominant, while, when la<d, the mixing due to molecular diffusion plays an important role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1497-1503
Number of pages7
JournalKorean Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov


  • Advective Mixing
  • Kenics Static Mixer
  • Mixedness
  • Molecular Diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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