Chemical Mixing with Visimix

Mixing is used for many kinds of processes, but when we talk about “chemical mixing” we talk about providing the conditions to generate a desired chemical reaction. As well-referenced in literature, we are always seeking to facilitate the main reaction and avoid side reactions. The main reaction will provide the desired product while side reactions are something that we cannot avoid or control; therefore, we can only control the quantity of material resulting from side reactions. We can control the process by chemical parameters like temperature and concentration but we can control the process by a mass transfer because we know the required mixing parameters for controlling the material change inside the reaction vessel. Chemical mixing is mainly used in Visimix when we want to control the chemical process.

However, if we talk about adding chemicals and increasing solution homogeneity, then this is more than just blending. When we are reacting between iodine salts and chloric acid, if the hydrochloric acid is well distribute we get a non-color solution otherwise the solution obtained is purple. In other to control the process and guide to the desired results it is not only to add some materials, try to generate some degree of homogeneity, and what would be the level of non-homogeneity? I think this way we will try to understand if we’re talking about deviation of less than 1% of concentration of my material in all the tank, or deviation in the micro level that it is what will be the intensity, for instance, of the color between two points that were in the tank. That is the second level, is the level of micros or micrometer, fluid elements that can generate different intensity of colors. And from these we can understand how it was there, the mixing length. A conclusion of this part, of all these considerations about mixing, mixing is only a tool, and we are providing through these tools, the environment of the process. If we’re able to identify the optimal environment required for managing the process, then we can maintain control of the process at every step and avoid surprises when scaling-up from lab to production and from site to site. The objective, of course, is to be “first to market” and maintain the good performance of our company.

VisiMix Video

The Influence of Mixing in the Process
New methodology using VisiMix software for the purpose of checking the influence of mixing in the processes.

VisiMix Demo Operation
Learning how to input data into the VisiMix software and get results the will help us understand the influence of mixing in our processes.

Lab Experiments
Learning how to set up the relevant experiments at the lab scale, to develop the processes from an engineering point of view.