Simulating chemical reactions in mixing processes
Okay, I start my thinking about it. The simulation of the chemical reaction processes that occur during mixing is perhaps the primary issue in this field because company profit depends on the efficient conversion of raw material to product. In the chemical manufacturing industry, that efficiency depends on the chemical reactions.
First, if we’re able to generate the conditions to have high yield and high selectivity by controlling the pathway of the desired reaction, then the main reaction that generates the material will be improved as well. Second, once high purity or high selectivity is achieved, I will not need to clean my material by crystallization or precipitations, or phase transfer between liquids because all the work up after the reaction will be very simple; I am really clean. I need only to obtain my material in the adequate form, in the adequate phase—solid or liquid—as my product is dissolved.
This is a fundamental part of the process because it directly affects the conversion between my raw material and my product. Higher conversion means higher profit. The reaction by itself, the chemical reactions, and a mass transfer that comprise the mixing process are competitive phenomena. When the process is controlled by the chemical reaction, any change in the mixing will not change the chemical process. On the other hand, when the process is controlled by mixing, I can change a concentration or temperature and it will not change anything. Hence, these are competitive phenomena that must be considered. The chemical reaction by itself will not change. Molecules will react while they have the conditions for it. Therefore, any process will change the chemistry by itself, but we are providing different conditions in the mixing environment where we control the pathway of the reaction to the place that is required or is good for us.
It is, therefore, important to calculate and simulate chemical reactions in the environment during the mixing process. It is our recommendation to take care; this is fundamental to managing the process. It is not only the integration, it is the fundamental one that is controlling the process. So simulate, understand your chemistry, understand the relationship between them, and in this way we’ll be able to gain more and to generate more profit to the company.
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.
Learning how to set up the relevant experiments at the lab scale, to develop the processes from an engineering point of view.