Having the right static mixer can make all the difference in a plant, it improves production value and durability. A static mixer is a precision device for the continuous mixing of fluid materials, without moving components. They frequently use them for liquids, gas streams, gas into a liquid, or blend immiscible liquids.
They provide a much greater degree of control when mixing and dispersing, which produces less wasted material, saving money on both production and material cost.
Determining the right static mixer is vital to the outcome. You will know you are using an appropriate mixer if your materials are properly mixed and have the desired flow rate and pressure drop. Improperly mixed materials appear striated due to the fact that they have not been properly mixed.
By answering these questions, you will be able to pick the best features of the mixer you need.
The materials you are mixing will determine the range of elements needed to mix the materials into a homogenous material. Some materials are considerably more difficult to mix than others, so it is crucial that you have the appropriate amount of elements in your mixer to get the mix you need.
There are two factors that will indicate you should use a number towards the higher range. The fist is the viscosity of the materials. If the two elements have very different viscosities, you will need to use a higher number of elements. The second is the material ratio. If you are dealing with a mixing ration of 7:1, a higher number of elements will be needed to achieve a pure, homogenous mix.
Knowing the viscosity of the materials you need to have mixed tells you the diameter of the elements you need to use. The thinner the materials you are working with, the smaller the diameter requirement. The thicker the materials, the larger diameter you need to get a unified mix.
This question will help you determine what connection style/inlet you will use with your mixer. There are 3 main connection types: bayonet, bell, and threaded. First, bayonet mixers have a simple twist and lock system. Bell mixers come with options for round, square, and rotary connections. Inline, or threaded mixers, are also for larger cartridge sizes but do not require the use of a retaining nut.
Static mixers come in a variety of materials of construction to specifically handle the applications. The materials are plastics, fiberglass, steel, or metal alloys. The biofuels industry is Teflon and Kylan-lined static mixers. Within the food and beverage industry, requires CIP (clean in place) within their process pipeline. They also need to be a sanitary line of mixers.
Komax took the static mixer and created an even more efficient model for countless applications in a broad range of industries. The Triple Action Static Mixer provides the highest level of mixing. With its simple three-step design procedure it allows the rapid choice of line size, the number of mixing elements, and pressure drop. In fact, Komax can make a custom design to fit your specific requirements. Komax engineers are available to help you choose the best static mixer for your requirements.