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International Society for Industrial Process Tomography

7th World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography

Validation of flow following sensor particles with ERT in a stirred vessel

S. Reineckea, A. Deutschmannb, K. Jobstb, U. Hampela,c

aInstitute of Fluid Dynamics, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR), Dresden 01328, Germany bDepartment of Environmental Engineering and Bioenergy, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (Fraunhofer IKTS), Dresden 01277, Germany

cAREVA Endowed Chair of Imaging Techniques in Energy and Process Engineering, Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden (TUD), Dresden 01062, Germany


Validation of flow following sensor particleswas conducted using ERT in a stirred vessel (volume ? 80 L) of non- NEWTONIAN liquid. The particles give a significant contrast in the ERT images (5% of signal variation) and thus can be easily detected. Average fluid circulation timeswere estimated from (i) the measured vertical position of the sensor particle, (ii) the fluctuating ERT signals ofsingle ERT-planes and (iii) the measured mixing times of ERT- NaCl-tracer experiments. The estimated average circulation times of all the three methods are comparable for the two investigated impeller positions. The excellent detectability of the particles and the consistent results confirm the feasibility of the ERT method for further validation of flow following sensor particles in stirred vessels.

Keywords: Flow Follower; Sensor Particle; ERT; Stirred Vessel; Hydrodynamics

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