Liquid jet mixing nozzles and tank mixing systems
Körting liquid jet mixing nozzles are the main components of special mixing systems which can be applied for continuous as well as discontinuous mixing duties. They can be used as complete replacement for mechanical agitators and in many cases they surpass their mixing results.
A liquid flow is taken from the tank and supplied to the liquid jet mixing nozzles via a motive pump. Inside the motive nozzle pressure energy is converted into kinetic energy. Negative pressure is generated at the motive nozzle outlet and the ambient liquid is sucked in. The suction flow is strongly intermixed with the motive flow in the adjoining mixing section and accelerated by impulse exchange. The drag effect of the exiting mixed flow increases the mixing effect.
Advantages of Körting mixing nozzles
- complete mixing of the tank content
- low investment costs
- wear-resistant, long service life - no moving parts inside the tank
- no sealing problems - no shaft ducts
- no dead zones
- no maintenance in the tank
- low energy input
Fields of application
- mixing storage tanks, fuel oil tanks, waste water treatment tanks, neutralisation tanks, reactors, food storage tanks, storm water tanks and others
- complete homogenisation of different liquids
- preventing settlements and sedimentation
- avoiding the formation of different temperature layers
- as discharge support
- for waste water treatment applications (ejectors in SBR-Plants operated with compressed air)
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Mixing nozzles consist of a motive nozzle and a mixing section. The liquid motive medium introduced under pressure via the motive connection is usually taken from the tank and delivered into the liquid jet mixing nozzle by means of a mechanical pump mounted outside of the tank. In the motive nozzle the static pressure of the motive medium is converted into velocity generating a corresponding negative pressure at the suction openings which is utilised to draw in the so-called suction flow.
Suction and motive flow are intermixed intensively in this turbulent region at the motive nozzle outlet as well as in the adjoining mixing section and are subsequently supplied into the tank as mixed flow. The volume ratio between suction and motive flow is about 3:1. The mixed flow exits the mixing nozzle with relatively high velocity and encounters the liquid contained in the tank, which is subsequently entrained as a result of the mixed flow’s drag effect, so that finally the sum of motive flow, suction flow and drag flow keeps the liquid inside the tank moving.
Application prerequisites and limitations
Motive flow and suction flow are mixed in the mixing section behi nd the motive nozzle, so that a homogeneously mixed liquid jet develops in the mixing section due to high tur bulence resulting from motive and suction flow.
In case of liquids with physical properties like water, a mixin g ratio of motive flow to suction flow is 1:3. On account of its velocity and of the dragging jet effect resultin g therefrom, the mixed flow leaving the liquid jet mixing nozzle carries forward so much surrounding liquid that t he used motive flow is multiplied. In case of liquids with higher viscosity the mixing ratio and the dragging effect are decreased.
The limiting range for applying liquid jet mixing nozzles is reached when the viscosity of the liquid to be circulated does not allow a delivery with centrifugal pumps anymore. The m otive flow passed through the liquid mixing nozzles of a certain size depends on the efficient motive pressu re. If the motive liquid is removed from the mixing tank this efficient motive pressure is to be equated with the de livery head of the centrifugal pump after deduction of all pipe friction losses.
In case where the motive liquid is not to be removed from the mixing tank the liquid column above the liquid jet mixing nozzle outlet is to be taken into account for determinin g the efficient motive pressure.
The aim of Körting Hannover AG is to design customised tank mixing system solutions for each specific tank. The purpose of the tank mixing system is to generate a liquid circulation of the whole liquid volume which leads to complete mixing and prevents sedimentation. A guided directional flow will be generated by the mixing system. Therefore, flow velocities occur, which are higher than the sinking velocities of the particles in the liquid, so that settlement is avoided. The two examples in the figures below illustrate the principle of tank mixing systems:
The specific number of liquid jet mixing nozzles resulting from the tank mixing system dimensioning will be placed on two pipes close to the tank bottom and the tank wall. These two pipes follow the shape of the tank. For a round tank the pipes are semicircular whereas for a rectangular tank the pipes are straight. The required motive flow is supplied to the liquid jet mixing nozzles via these pipes. The motive flow pipes are situated oppositely to each other at two sides in the tank. With fixtures the pipes will be fixed above the tank bottom and with a certain distance to the tank wall. Pipe dimensioning will be according to normal flow velocities in order to keep the friction losses inside the pipes low. The size of each mixing nozzle, its alignment, e.g. the installation angle as well as the distance from one nozzle to another, are further results of the dimensioning.
One nozzle row will point alongside the tank bottom to generate the necessary flow velocities alongside this area. At the opposite side of the tank the second nozzle row points upwards which generates an upward flow alongside the tank wall. By means of this guided directional flows the whole liquid volume is moved. In order to save energy at low filling levels the nozzle row pointing upwards can be switched off.
Dependent on the properties of the liquid to be mixed every different nozzle size has a certain range with regard to the liquid to be moved. For very large tanks it may be necessary to place a third nozzle row in the middle of the tank bottom in order to generate the required flow velocities to cover the whole distance. In case of very high tanks the nozzle row pointing upwards may be positioned higher above the tank bottom to achieve optimum mixing of the whole liquid.
With the options of choosing different nozzle sizes, adjustment of nozzle rows according to the tank shape, modification of the nozzle distances and of being flexible concerning the operation of the different nozzle rows Körting Hannover AG is able to dimension the optimum tailor made tank mixing solution for every specific purpose. E.g. for full homogenisation, for prevention of settlements, for prevention from different temperature layers or for complete mixture of different liquids.
The images below give a good impression of a complete tank mixing system in a storage tank for edible oil. 17 mixing nozzles made of stainless steel are installed nearly horizontally whereas 17 mixing nozzles are installed nearly vertically at the opposite side of the tank. The tank volume is 11000 m³ with a filling height of 25 m and a diameter of 24 m.
(cylindrical storage tank)
Alignment of a mixing system in a cylindrical storage tank for edible oil
The result of the Körting design is a sketch for the customer, which contains recommendations and information, so that the mixing system will be installed in the tank in an optimum way. In order to evaluate critical cases Körting Hannover AG uses CFD simulation (“Computational Fluid Dynamics”).
- wear-resistant operation
- no maintenance in the tank
- no sealing problems
- low investment costs
- low energy input
- complete mixing of the tank content
- no unmixed dead zones
Example of energy saving potential by using Körting mixing systems:
The potential savings of energy costs are approx. 27000 € per year!
|filling height||10 m|
|filling volume||5983 m²|
|for mixing with conventional mixing system||10 W/m³|
|for mixing with Körting mixing system||4 W/m³|
|energy saving potential||6 W/m³|
|6 W/m³ * 5983 m³||=||35.9 kW (35898 W)|
|35.9 kW * 8760 h/a||=||314484 kWh/a|
|314484 kWh/a * 8.6 Ct/kWh||=||27046,– €/a|
8.6 Ct/kWh = electricity costs for industrial customers in Germany, value for 2013
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
To determine the optimum configuration of our tank mixing systems we perform Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based on the current specific frame conditions. These analyses enable us to define the exact performance data as well as the best possible installation position to avoid any dead zones inside the tank. By using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Körting Hannover AG is able to deliver perfect designed tank mixing system, to decrease the energy input and to deliver clear installation instructions which enable a quick startup of the system.
When using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model for mixing systems some helpful simplifications are used:
- steady state modelling (not transient)
- turbulent flow modelled with of two equation turbulence model
- numerical grid with tetrahedral cells
- smooth liquid surface
- modelling of pipings and support plates, if required
- physical properties of the flow medium, e.g. fuel oil with high dynamic viscosity (up to 500 mPas)
Numerical set-up for a storage tank
Numerical flow simulation
The aim of the numerical tests carried out is an optimum arrangement of the mixing nozzles inside the tank with regard to the a.m. design strategy. The tests are based on a liquid-filled cylindrical tank.
Various combinations of flow medium and tank geometry can be optimised for customer specific tests per CFD by selecting corresponding physical material characteristics of the flow medium resp. special geometry requirements. The tank geometry to be tested is simulated by means of a CAD program. Digital geometry information of the individual mixing nozzles is imported directly from CAD systems used in the design process. Number, position and alignment of the simulated mixing nozzles inside the tank are determined, so that the complete tank configuration can be simulated digitally.
The whole simulated geometry consisting of all liquid jet mixing nozzles and the tank with pump connection is converted to a calculation grid by means of a so-called grid generator which is the basis of the CFD. The fluidic fundamental equations are solved for each of the cells generated within the grid.
Primarily, these are the conservation equations for mass, impulse and energy. Two further conservation equations will be solved in order to consider the turbulence caused by the liquids. All conservation equations are solved by means of the so-called equation resolver. In order to simplify the calculations they are based on stationary flow conditions. The whole simulation process from the grid generation up to the representation of the results takes place automatically for the most part.
On the one hand, geometrical boundary conditions for the simulation are the tank dimensions (filling height H, tank diameter D) as well as the position and size of the pump connections and on the other hand the number, position and alignment of the liquid jet mixing nozzles. Operational boundary conditions are determined by the motive pressure at the liquid jet mixing nozzle and the physical properties of the motive flow.
Examples of CFD calculation results
Edible oil tank
|mixing nozzles: 32 x 2 Zoll
tank volume: 8500 m³
motive flow rate: 790 m³/h
liquid density: 910 kg/m³
liquid viscosity: 35 mPas
mixing power: 5.2 W/m³
average liquid velocity: 0.17 m/s
Waste water tank
|mixing nozzles: 25 x 2 Zoll
tank volume: 20200 m³
motive flow rate: 770 m³/h
liquid density: 900 kg/m³
liquid viscosity: 50 cpoise
mixing power: 4.2 W/m³
average liquid velocity: 0.09 m/s
Fuel oil tank
|tank volume: 60 m³
motive flow rate: 12.8 m³/h
mixing power: 320 W/m³
average liquid velocity: 0.24 m/s
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