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Understanding and Optimizing the SMX Static Mixer

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  • Mrityunjay K. Singh,

    1. Materials Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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  • Patrick D. Anderson,

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    1. Materials Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • Materials Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Fax: (+31) 40 244 7355
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  • Han E. H. Meijer

    1. Materials Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Abstract

Using the Mapping Method different designs of SMX motionless mixers are analyzed and optimized. The three design parameters that constitute a specific SMX design are: The number of cross-bars over the width of channel, Nx, the number of parallel cross-bars per element, Np, and the angle between opposite cross-bars θ. Optimizing Nx, somewhat surprisingly reveals that in the standard design with Np = 3, Nx = 6 is the optimum using both energy efficiency as well as compactness as criteria. Increasing Nx results in under-stretching and decreasing Nx leads to over-stretching of the interface. Increasing Np makes interfacial stretching more effective by co-operating vortices. Comparing realized to optimal stretching, we find the optimum series for all possible SMX(n) designs to obey the universal design rule Np = (2/3) Nx−1, for Nx = 3, 6, 9, 12, ….

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