Authors: Schuler, Julia
Herath, Jakob
Kockmann, Norbert
Title: 3D investigations of microscale mixing in helically coiled capillaries
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: In capillary reactors, improving radial mixing and narrowing the residence time distribution is of great importance for high selectivity and reaction performance. A well-known approach is inducing secondary flow patterns by coiling the capillary around a cylinder. To increase understanding of transport phenomena in helically coiled capillaries non-invasive 3D imaging approaches are required. In this perspective paper, we introduce X-ray-based micro-computed tomography for the investigation of dispersion of iodide in a helically coiled tube. The methodology presented here allows for the direct evaluation of radial concentration fields. By varying Dean number Dn and modified torsion parameter T∗, the effect of torsion and curvature on the radial concentration profile can be identified. Detailed knowledge of local radial mixing in helically coiled capillaries will help the precise prediction of reaction progress and selectivity.
Subject Headings: Helically coiled capillary
Micro-computed tomography
Dean flow
Radial mixing
Capillary flow reactor
Local concentration fields
Issue Date: 2021-04-20
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