Chemical Engineering - Mixing and Stirring

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Learn to use traditional and new mixing and stirring techniques and improved tools to optimize and scale your processes.

Increase homogeneity and control transfer rates, reactions and structural changes

Mixing is a fundamental unit operation in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food process industries. Mixing increases the homogeneity of a system by reducing non-uniformity or gradients in composition, properties or temperature. Besides the primary objective of homogeneity, secondary objectives of mixing include control of heat and mass transfer rates, reactions and structural changes.

The mixing and/or agitation of solids, liquids and gases is one of the key unit operations. Different types of system are required for different mixing operations in the industry. Unique design challenges apply to chemicals or food mixing where food properties such as texture, flavour, shelf-life and safety must be considered. The equipment must handle different rheological properties and still be effectively cleaned. Although categorization of mixing equipment is difficult, some mixers are used primarily for either liquids or powders, whereas others are employed for combinations of liquids and powders.

  • Solid–solid mixing: ensuring that all the ingredients in a cereal box are mixed uniformly to provide consistent nutrition according to labelling, for textural effects, or to give a specific taste.
  • Solid–liquid mixing: the addition of solids to liquids is involved in the reconstitution of fluids, such as addition of coffee, milk and sugar to hot water. The addition of liquid to solid systems is the key to the production of many food batters, pastes and doughs.
  • Liquid–liquid mixing: the creation of liquid–liquid emulsions is central to the manufacture of margarines and spreads.
  • Gas–liquid mixing: ascertaining that enough air is mixed into the liquid of a fermenter (bio-reactor) to ensure microbial growth is not oxygen limited.

How should new mixing problems be solved?
Solutions for new mixing problems require answers to the question “Why?” as well as “How?” This question is best addressed with a good understanding of both the process and the underlying fundamentals. This requires discussion with both operations and developmental chemists. It is often well served by reposing the question “How can we scale this up?” as “How can we scale down the process equipment to closely replicate plant conditions in the lab?” This question often opens the door for discussions of geometric similarity and matching of mixing conditions. Good experimental design based on an understanding of mixing mechanisms is critical to obtaining useful data and robust solutions.

After completing this course you are able to:

  • Evolve useful methods for mixing processes
  • Use traditional correlations as well as increasingly effective methods both for experiments and for simulation and modelling of complex operations
  • Use improved tools for development of scalable operations.
  • Evaluate and use these technologies effectively in process development and scale-up.

Intended for
The course is meant for engineers, technologists, designers with a chemical, process, technological or mechanical background on bachelor or master level.

Within the program you can take six other courses. View them all on the page Chemical Engineering.

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drs. ir. Johan Krop

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Chemische Technologie - Mengen en Roeren

Startdatum: 12 June 2024
Locatie: Delft
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