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AGITATION

NUMERICAL PROBLEMS

1. Let us calculate the mechanical power consumption in a vessel with non-proximity


flat blade turbine agitator, without baffles.
Geometry of the vessel:
D = 1200 mm
H = 1200 mm
d = 400 mm
h = 400 mm
Rotational speed of the impeller:
n = 6 rev/s
Liquid properties:
= 860 kg/m3 (density)
= 30 cP = 30x10-3 Pas (viscosity)
2. Let us calculate the mechanical power consumption in a vessel with non-proximity
flat blade turbine agitator (6 blades)
a. without baffles
b. with 4 baffles
Geometry of the vessel:
D = 1200 mm
H = 1200 mm
d = 400 mm
h = 400 mm
w = 80 mm
= 100 mm
Rotational speed of the impeller:
n = 500 rev/min
Liquid properties:
= 1180 kg/m3 (density of glycerine)
= 12x10-3 Pas (viscosity)

3. What is the power requirement of a 6-blade-turbine 400 mm in diameter?


Geometry of the vessel:
D = 1200 mm
H=2m
H0 = 1.2 m
h = 400 mm
w = 8 mm
Rotational speed of the impeller:
n = 540 rev/min
Liquid properties:
= 950 kg/m3 (density)
= 15 P = 1.5 Pas (viscosity)
4. A tank 1.2 m in diameter and 2 m high is filled to a depth of 1.2 m with a latex having
a viscosity of 10 P and a density of 800 kg/m3. The tank is not baffled. A three-blade
360 mm diameter propeller is installed in the tank 360 mm from the bottom. The
motor available develops 8 kW. Is the motor adequate to drive this agitator at a
speed of 800 r/min?
5. What power is required for the mixing operation of Prob.4. if a propeller 400 mm in
diameter turning at 15 r/s is used and if four baffles, each 120 mm wide, are
installed?
6. What is the maximum speed at which the agitator of the tank described in Prob.4.
may be driven if the liquid is replaced by one having a viscosity of 1 P and the same
density?
7. A disk turbine with six flat blades is installed centrally in a vertical baffled tank 2 m in
diameter. The turbine is 0.67 m in diameter and is positioned 0.67 m above the
bottom of the tank. The turbine blades are 134 mm wide. The tank is filled to a depth
of 2 m with an aqueous solution of 50 % NaOH at 65C, which has a viscosity of 12 cP
and a density of 1500 kg/m3. The turbine impeller turns at 90 r/min. What power will
be required?
8. The agitation system of Prob.7. is to be used to mix a rubber-latex compound having
a viscosity of 120 Pas and a density of 1120 kg/m3. What power will be required?

Power number (NP) versus Re for baffled vessels

m versus Re for unbaffled vessels

NP versus Re for unbaffled vessels