Effects of the geometrical configuration of air-water mixer on the size and distribution of micro-bubbles in aeration systems

Alessio Basso, Faik Hamad, Poo Balan Ganesan

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Abstract

The objective of this work is to present a novel geometrical configuration for micro-bubble generators (MBGs) to improve dissolved-oxygen levels in water. Among various methodologies from the literature, Orifice and Venturi tubes have been considered as baseline cases. Experimental data from the literature are used to verify a CFD case developed for a better understanding of the dynamics of microbubble generators. As a result, the validated CFD setup has been implemented on a modified Venturi-type generator, where air is injected coaxially with respect to the tube axis, while a helicoid wall at variable pitch angle is used. Results show a reduction in the mean bubble diameter distribution from the baseline Venturi tubes, particularly, at low-speed inlet velocities. This is of interest, especially to decrease the energy requirement for most common water aeration systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume13
Issue number6
Early online date17 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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