Laser diagnostic analysis of complex flow patterns: A new Chemical engineering experiment using applied optics

Rocco Ciccolini, Robert Barat

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Abstract

A simple, yet effective, undergraduate experiment has been developed in collaboration between the Chemical Engineering Department and the Optical Sciences and Engineering Program at NJIT. During step change tracer experiments, absorption of red laser light serves as the diagnostic to reveal complex flow patterns in short and long lengths of square cross section clear pipe. The transient absorbance curves constructed from the optical data reveal significant back-mixing in the short flow cell. The long flow cell shows behavior consistent with laminar flow with dispersion in a conduit. This analysis is performed without invoking the complications of the residence time distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4329-4346
Number of pages18
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 25 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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