Local energy dissipation in agitated turbulent fluids and its significance for the design of stirring equipment



Ideal flow conditions are generally assumed for the reactor design. If stoichiometry, reaction mechanism and kinetics are known, the balance equations for the ideal flow tube, the ideal steady-state continuous stirred tank reactor or the ideal, completely mixed stirred batch reactor are often applied. In many cases, formal kinetics, which forms the basis of reaction modelling, is so uncertain that the idealization of the flow field can be accepted. In practice, however, deviations from the ideally calculated conversions, yields and product qualities, often occur. In these cases, it is necessary to consider the real flow conditions. In general, a distinction is made between macroand micromixing processes.