An experimental investigation of bubble rise characteristics in a crystal suspended non-Newtonian fluid

Hassan, N. M. S., Khan, M. M. K., Rasul, M. G., & Rackemann, Darryn W. (2008) An experimental investigation of bubble rise characteristics in a crystal suspended non-Newtonian fluid. In The XVth International Congress on Rheology: The Society of Rheology 80th Annual Meeting, August 3 - 8, 2008, Monterey, California.


An experimental study of the bubble rise characteristics in non-Newtonian fluid with crystal suspension is presented in this paper. The suspension was made of different concentration of xanthan gum solutions with 0.23 mm polystyrene crystal particle. Different percentage of crystal content (by weight) was used to vary rheological properties. The effect of crystal particles and bubble volumes on the bubble rise velocity and bubble trajectory is analysed. The results show that the average bubble velocity increases with the increase in bubble volume for crystal suspended xanthan gum solution. In trajectory analysis, it is seen that the small bubbles experienced less horizontal motion in crystal suspended xanthan gum solution while larger bubbles followed a spiral motion. Experimentally determined data for the drag coefficient at high Reynolds number are compared with the results of other analytical and experimental studies available in the literature. The reported experimental data of drag co-efficient increases in crystal suspended xanthan gum solution for corresponding bubble volume and was found to be consistent with published data.

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ID Code: 15519
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Crystal suspension, rheology, bubble trajectory, bubble rise velocity, drag co, efficient
ISBN: 9780735405493
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500) > Fluidisation and Fluid Mechanics (091504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Chemical Engineering Design (090403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 31 May 2016 00:37

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