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CFD Numerical Simulation of Hydrodynamics in a Rotor-Stator Reactor for Biodiesel Synthesis

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In this paper a rotor-stator spinning disk reactor for intensified biodiesel synthesis is described and numerically simulated. The reactor consists of two flat disks, located coaxially and parallel to each other with a gap ranging from 0.1 mm to 0.2 mm between the disks. The upper disk is located on a rotating shaft while the lower disk is stationary. The feed liquids, triglycerides (TG) and methanol are introduced coaxially along the center line of rotating disk and stationary disk, respectively. Fluid hydrodynamics in the reactor for synthesis of biodiesel from TG and methanol in the presence of a sodium hydroxide catalyst are simulated, using convection-diffusion-reaction species transport model by the CFD software ANSYS? Fluent v. 13.0. The effects of upper disk’s spinning speed and gap size are evaluated.

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Wen, Z. and Petera, J. (2015) CFD Numerical Simulation of Hydrodynamics in a Rotor-Stator Reactor for Biodiesel Synthesis. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 3, 997-1002. doi: 10.4236/jamp.2015.38122.

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