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  • 1.
    Johansson, Örjan
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
    Pamidi, Taraka Rama Krishna
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
    Shankar, Vijay
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Acoustic design principles for energy efficient excitation of a high intensity cavitation zone2019In: Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019: ICA 2019, 9 - 13 September / [ed] Martin Ochmann, Aachen, Germany, 2019, p. 948-955Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Energy-efficient process intensification is a key aspect for a sustainable industrial production. To improve energy conversion efficiency high intensity cavitation is a promising method, especially in cases where the material to be treated is valuable and on the micro meter scale. Transient collapsing cavitation bubbles gives powerful effects on objects immersed in fluids, like cellulose fibers, mineral particles, enzymes, etc. The cavitation process needs optimization and control, since optimal conditions is multivariate challenge. This study focuses on different design principles to achieve high intensity cavitation in a specific volume in a continuous flow. This study explores some potential design principles to obtain energy efficient process intensification. The objective is to tune several different resonance phenomena to create a powerful excitation of a flowing suspension (two-phase flow and cavitation bubbles). The reactor is excited by sonotrodes, connected to two coupled resonant tube structures, at the critical frequency. Finally cavitation bubbles are initiated by a flow through a venturi nozzle. The acoustically optimised reactor geometry is modelled in Comsol Multiphysics®, and excited by dedicated ultrasound signals at three different frequencies. The effect of the high intensity cavitation is experimentally evaluated by calorimetric method, foil tests and degree of fibrillation on cellulose fibers.

  • 2.
    Pamidi, Taraka Rama Krishna
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
    Johansson, Örjan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Shankar, Vijay
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
    Comparison of Two Different Ultrasound Reactors for the Treatment of Cellulose Fibers2019In: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, ISSN 1350-4177Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The pulp and paper industry is in continuous need for energy-efficient production processes. In the refining process of mechanical pulp, fibrillation is one of the essential unit operations that count for up to 80% of the total energy use. This initial study explores the potential and development of new type of scalable ultrasound reactor for energy efficient mechanical pulping. The developed reactor is of continuous flow type and based on both hydrodynamic and acoustic cavitation in order to modify the mechanical properties of cellulose fibers. A comparison of the prototype tube reactor is made with a batch reactor type where the ultrasonic horn is inserted in the fluid. The pulp samples were sonicated by high-intensity ultrasound, using tuned sonotrodes enhancing the sound pressure and cavitation intensity by a controlled resonance in the contained fluid. The resonant frequency of the batch reactor is 20.8 kHz and for the tube reactor it is 22.8 kHz. The power conversion efficiency for the beaker setup is 25% and 36 % in case of the tube reactor in stationary mode. The objective is to verify the benefit of resonance enhanced cavitation intensity when avoiding the effect of Bjerkenes forces. The setup used enables to keep the fibers in the pressure antinodes of the contained fluid. In case of the continuous flow reactor the effect of hydrodynamic cavitation is also induced. The intensity of the ultrasound in both reactors was found to be high enough to produce cavitation in the fluid suspension to enhance the fiber wall treatment. Results show that the mechanical properties of the fibers were changed by the sonification in all tests. The continuous flow type was approximately 50% more efficient than the beaker. The effect of keeping fibers in the antinode of the resonant mode shape of the irradiation frequency was also significant. The effect on fiber properties for the tested mass fraction was determined by a low-intensity ultrasound pulse-echo based measurement method, and by a standard pulp analyzer

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