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Method of chaotic mixing and improved stirred tank reactors

United States Patent

5,921,679
July 13, 1999
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The invention provides a method and apparatus for efficiently achieving a homogeneous mixture of fluid components by introducing said components having a Reynolds number of between about .ltoreq.1 to about 500 into a vessel and continuously perturbing the mixing flow by altering the flow speed and mixing time until homogeniety is reached. This method prevents the components from aggregating into non-homogeneous segregated regions within said vessel during mixing and substantially reduces the time the admixed components reach homogeneity.
Muzzio; Fernando J. (Monroe, NJ), Lamberto; David J. (Edison, NJ)
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (Piscataway, NJ)
08/ 878,896
June 19, 1997
This invention was supported by the Department of Energy Grant No. DEACO6-7RLO. The United States government has certain rights in this invention.