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Associated Laboratory LSRE•LCM

The main goal on mixing research at Universidade do Porto in the Associated Laboratory LSRE•LCM, is the development of new robust strategies for the scale-up of chemical reactors, through CFD modeling and simulation of hydrodynamics, mass transfer and chemical reaction, validated through state-of-the-art experimental measurement techniques: PLIF, PIV, BIV, LDA and micromixing test systems.

Fundamental aspects of mixing are being studied in this group, namely the development of new concepts based on 2D laminar mixing. These studies include assessment of mixing scales, energy efficiency and comparison with state-of-the-art mixers that generally operate under turbulent flow regimes. Highly controlled mixing devices, with high throughputs, are being developed from these fundamental aspects.

Three mixing technologies were developed and demonstrated: NETMIX, RIMcop and T-jets. NETMIX and RIMcop were patented and demonstrated in industrial applications. New configurations of NETmix are being tested for new processes and products, including: precipitation/crystallization reactions, immiscible two-phase complex reactions; continuous production of hydrates for CO2 capture; synthesis of MOFs and MNPs for drug delivery; and the development of a photo-catalytic reactor, the SolarNETmix. T-jets and Confined Impinging Jets geometries developed for RIMcop are being further explored aiming higher throughputs and robust operation for mixing of fluids with quite dissimilar flow rates and viscosities. 

Contact: Ricardo Santos rsantos @ fe.up.pt, José Carlos Lopes lopes @ fe.up.pt