Numerical Model for Laminar Flow in an Agitated Vessel by Inclined Blades Anchor

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A large number of chemicals, biochemical or petrochemical industry operations are performed in stirred tanks or in mechanically agitated vessels. The optimum operating mode of these equipments requires a detailed knowledge of the hydrodynamic behaviour induced by the agitator. In this piece of work the characterization of the laminar viscous fluid flow fields in a cylindrical stirred tank is agitated by inclined blades anchor agitator studied. The computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model based on an implicit fractional step scheme and control volume method was developed for the spatial discretization of the Navier-Stokes, formulated in cartesian coordinates primitives variables (u, v, p, T) on unstructured triangular mesh. Some simulations of the flow around an anchor with straights blades allowed validating the used method. We have analyzed the influence of the tilt blades degree on the hydrodynamic flow behaviours, such as the stream function, the velocity field, the velocities components, and the power consumption. The comparison between some of the obtained results with literature data, have showed a satisfactory agreement
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Agitated Vessel; 2D Modeling; Newtonian Fluid; Laminar Flow; Inclined Blades Anchor; Fractional Step Method; Finite Volume

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