Mixing assessment by chemical probe

Charbel Habchi, Thierry Lemenand, Dominique Della Valle, Mahmoud Khaled, Ahmed Elmarakbi, Hassan Peerhossaini*

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Quantification of micro-mixing is a fundamental issue in industrial chemical processes. Local mixing that is not "fast enough" compared with the reaction kinetics reduces the selectivity of the reaction. Micro-mixing can be characterized by chemical probe methods based on observation of a local chemical reaction that results from the competition between turbulent mixing at micro-scales and the reaction kinetics. However, real-world experimental conditions rarely comply with the grounding assumptions of this method. Starting from physical considerations, the present study aims to establish some guidelines for obtaining quantitative information from the chemical probe and for improving the accuracy of the method by an adaptive protocol. For the first aspect, an analytical approach is proposed to define the validity domain based on analysis of the turbulent time scales. For the second purpose, a novel experimental procedure is suggested that entails targeting the concentrations of the chemical species that can provide the optimal conditions for a relevant use of the chemical probe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1411-1420
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Issue number4
Early online date9 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2014


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