Industries across the world have greatly helped by the invention of static mixer from the early 1960s (this is long before the Patriots began to cheat and America an expensive and limited health care system but this is another topic). Until then, the industrial mixing process was a time-consuming (laborious!) and expensive.
Since the invention, static mixers saw huge transformation and came up with different forms of mixers to address various industrial requirements.
While some industries need highly accurate mixing, other industries need mixing in high volumes. Interestingly, a few other sectors wanted to combine both accurate mixing and high volume requirement. When it comes to some other industries, they needed mixing solutions that can occupy only a minimal amount of space.
Since the space in industrial plants across industries is confined due to the increased operations and infrastructure expenses, everyone wanted solutions that does not take up that much internal real estate. Space is at a premium!
To help such industries, mixing solution providers came up with another innovative product category called wafer static mixer. If you are operating plants, you should know more about the wafer mixer and its applications.
What is a Wafer Mixer?
The wafer static mixer is a product category that offers excellent mixing in a confined space. You should note that traditional mixers are found to take a lot of space which some industries cannot afford. Most of the wafer mixers are coming with multiple distribution elements and efficient upstream injection techniques. These mixers are designed to produce excellent results in different flow conditions.
You should note that majority of the wafer mixers are not fit for highly accurate mixing requirements. But, it is useful for a large majority of general mixing needs. These mixers have great application in wastewater and water treatment plants.
Also, a significant percentage of wafer mixers are coming with a design to install between pipe flanges. It is an attempt to address mixing solution needs when there is no room to contain a mixer.
Major Applications of Wafer Mixer
The wafer static mixer is largely used to mix water or near water-like fluids. It is generally using for a number of water treatment applications. Some of them are coagulation, chlorination, ammonia addition, hydrogen peroxide addition, methanol addition, and more. It is also used to mix corrosion inhibitors, diluted polymers, antiscalants, caustics, dilute acids, and iron solutions.
However, it does not produce salient results for viscous chemicals like neat polymer solutions or concentrated sulfuric acid. It is because of the fluid velocities in the supply is used by many of these mixers to mix the chemicals or aqueous solutions effectively.