When you think of a kitchen mixing bowl, it is usually only dry or wet ingredients that can be used. This is the same with most static mixers. Like a mixing bowl, static mixers very efficiently mix liquid inputs or fine dry ingredients into a single product. Can a mixing bowl mix two gases, however?
Komax Gas/Gas Mixer
Mixing gases is an interesting problem because it is very important to reach a high level of integration. The gases are very light and therefore need thorough mixing for combination, a problem Komax is good at solving. We have paired our Hi-Pass static mixer with a side-mounted injector. The injector is located just in front of the mixing elements so that right upon introduction of one gas to the other they can be mixed with high efficiency.
The secret to the efficiency lies in Komax’s Hi-Pass mixing elements that direct two-thirds of the flow towards the opposite wall. This is enhanced by the mixer’s inner-set cavities, which provide intensive flow reversal and impingement. The continual crashing and mixing of gasses establishes an environment of high contact between the inputs and a turbulence that shakes everything up thus providing uniform integration.
A big perk from Komax’s prowess for mixing is that this system has very low pressure drop, meaning the mixing takes place utilizing existing flow without significant negative impact. When compared to seven similar mixers from other companies, Komax’s mixer produced the best-mixed outputs and also the lowest drop in pressure. With careful and dedicated engineering, powerful results can come with low energy expenditure.
Mixing gases without such equipment seems like it would be almost impossible. While it’s feasible to imagine mixing liquids and solids without a static mixer, mixing gasses is another story. Komax Systems supplies companies with static mixers that work for all three elemental states all while doing so with a minimum tax on flow pressure.