CFD Modeling of Micromixing and Velocity Distribution in a 1.7-MHz Tubular Sonoreactor

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Abstract

The effect of high-frequency (1.7 MHz) ultrasound waves on the mixing rate in a new continuous tubular sonoreactor was investigated by CFD modeling. Modeling of piezoelectric transducer (PZT) vibrations was done based on the dynamic mesh model. Results indicate that the acoustic streams were in the direction of wave propagation and their maximum velocity near the PZT surface agreed well with experimental measurements. The micromixing efficiency of the sonoreactor was studied by adopting the Villermaux/Dushman reaction in the modeling. Comparison of the calculated relative segregation index from modeling results with experimental data revealed reasonable accordance.

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