Riaz Malik Community Member 1 Post
Re: How do I calculate the agitator power in terms of volume increasing?14 December 2013 at 3:31amHaving calculated the agitator power requirements, and following your advice, if the power of agitator is 20 HP, we need to have a motor of 40 HP. Is that correct? Secondly, what if you are using a gear drive - will that be of 40 HP or 20 HP rating? For that, if I am not wrong, the motor has to be of lesser power. I am focusing on power consumption factor too and not over doing anything.
Dave Dickey Forum Moderator 351 Posts
Re: How do I calculate the agitator power in terms of volume increasing?16 December 2013 at 2:09pm
The impeller power required for the Glass-Lined Reactor described in this question is about 5 kW at 3.75 kL. The recommended motor is 7.5 kW. The power requirement for this same reactor at 5 kL does not change, about 5 kW. The volume of fluid in the reactor will have no effect on the amount of power required to rotate the agitator. The mixing intensity will not be as great at 5 kL as it is at 3.75 kL, but the power to the impeller will not change.
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The power consumption for both volumes is the same, as long as the impeller is fully submerged. The high viscosity will prevent the formation of a significant vortex, even with no baffles. The estimated power consumption is 4.9 kW. The viscosity adjusted power number for these operating conditions is 0.923.
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