Turbulent Flow in Stirred Tanks: Scale-Up Computations for Vessel Hydrodynamics

Gregory W. Smith, Lawrence L. Tavlarides, Jiri Placek

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A numeric model for turbulent flow was used to compute the flow patterns in Rushton turbine agitated vessels. The cases considered cover two orders of magnitude for the three different scaling criteria of constant impeller Reynolds number, power input per unit mass, and impeller tip speed. The constant power input scale-up criteria maintains the turbulence levels throughout the vessel during scale-up. The circulation times, however, increase with vessel size for this scaling criteria. The other scaling criteria of constant impeller tip speed and impeller Reyonds number lead to decreasing turbulence levels in the tank alone with further increases in circulation times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-73
Number of pages25
JournalChemical Engineering Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1990


  • Stirred tank scale-up
  • Two-scale turbulence model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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