Uhl, Vincent W. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ottino, Julio M. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Last reviewed:June 2020
- Fluid mixing
- Mixing vessels and impellers
- Power and flow
- High-viscosity liquids
- Continuous processing
- Solids mixing
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A common operation to effect distribution, intermingling, and homogeneity of matter. Actually the operation is called agitation, with the term “mixing” being applicable when the goal is blending, that is, homogeneity. Other processes, such as reaction, mass transfer (includes solubility and crystallization), heat transfer, and dispersion, are also promoted by agitation. The type, extent, and intensity of agitation determine both the rates and adequacy of a particular process result. The agitation is accomplished by a variety of equipment.
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