How do you select the right agitator for your glass-lined vessel?

Selecting and fitting the correct agitator for your glass-lined vessel batch process is extremely important for the optimization of your reactor performance. The duty of the agitator must first be assessed, followed by the evaluation of flow pattern and regime as well as any special requirements that need to be taken into consideration, such as blending time, product concentration, and viscosity. Based on the relevant factors that comprise your unique process, an agitator design that matches the requirements of the application can be determined.

The first step to picking out the appropriate agitator is to answer, “What is the most important job for your agitator to accomplish?” In many situations there are multiple objectives that need to be carried out simultaneously. Here is a list of the common responses to this question:

  • Suspension
  • Dissolution/Crystallization
  • Extraction Liquid/Solid
  • Chemical Reaction
  • Emulsion
  • Blending
  • Extraction Liquid-Liquid
  • Gas Sparging
  • Dilution
  • Neutralization
  • Dispersion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Absorption
  • Fermentation
  • Circulation
  • Coagulation