Heat transfer correlation for two-phase flow in a mixing tank

Document Type: Full Lenght Research Article


1 Scientific member of Semnan University

2 semnan uinversity



Mixing tanks equipped with mechanical stirrer are widely used in chemical and petrochemical industries because of variety of industrial process requirements. In this study, helical single blade mixer was designed using catia software and then mixing of fluid and solid particles, in a tank with this agitator was studied by OpenFOAM software. For velocity distribution in the mixing tank, continuity, momentum equations, boundary conditions and coding were performed using C++ language scripts in the software. The results of velocity distributions in three directions coordinates were showed that the efficiency of helical blade mainly was related to axial and tangential flows. The radial flow has less important role in mixing operation. Also, solid particles concentration distribution were calculated in the fluid phase and it was shown that the particles were distributed homogeneously in the tank. In addition, temperature distribution was obtained using continuity, momentum and energy equations as well as utilizing necessary code and boundary conditions in the software. Then, a correlation for Nusselt number as a function of Re, Pr and Vi was obtained by using temperature profile and dimensional analysis. The results achieved are in good agreement with literature.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 01 February 2020
  • Receive Date: 07 October 2019
  • Revise Date: 21 January 2020
  • Accept Date: 01 February 2020