This paper describes a novel oscillatory-flow mixer consisting of a pair of flexible chambers connected by a perforated plate, or septum. During operation, the septum undergoes reciprocating motion such that the two chambers are alternately compressed and expanded. During compression, fluid is forced from one chamber to the other through the septum holes, creating an array of jets that drive the mixing process. Flow characterization within the mixer was conducted using particle image velocimetry. Tests were performed for Reynolds numbers ranging from 4 to 23,000, which encompass the creeping, laminar, and turbulent flow regimes. Results include mean and rms velocity maps, shear rate maps, vertical velocity profiles, and flow development data. The results suggest that the mixer is capable of gentle, continuous stirring (important for biological applications), as well as vigorous agitation. Finally, a comparison between this mixer and other existing mixing technologies is presented.
Particle Image Velocimetry Evaluation of a Novel Oscillatory-Flow Flexible Chamber Mixer
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Shipman, T. N., Prasad, A. K., Davidson, S. L., and Cohee, D. R. (July 10, 2006). "Particle Image Velocimetry Evaluation of a Novel Oscillatory-Flow Flexible Chamber Mixer." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. February 2007; 129(2): 179–187. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2409347
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