Refractive Index-Matched PIV Experiments and CFD Simulations of Mixing in a Complex Dynamic Geometry

Fenglei Huang, Peng Chen, Junhao Wang, Zhipeng Li*, Zhengming Gao*, Jos J. Derksen

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The flow fields under laminar conditions in two typical regions of a cavity transfer dynamic mixer consisting of an inner rotor and outer stator were visualized by refractive index (RI) matched particle image velocimetry (PIV) experiments. The RI of the working liquids and the transparent solid parts of rotor and stator were matched to allow for unobstructed optical access. The flow fields were predicted by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations including models for species transport. Various flow patterns in the dynamic mixer are discussed. The simulated flow fields in the two investigated regions agree well with the experimental data. The effect of gap width between rotor and stator (σ) on the scalar mixing was evaluated, and smaller σ will achieve better mixing because of the enhanced shearing and higher energy consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7982-7992
Number of pages11
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number16
Early online date30 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2020



  • fluids
  • liquids
  • cavities
  • fluid dynamics

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