Dr. Alvin Nienow and Dr. Arthur Etchells, renowned experts in the field, have developed this course which presents mixing fundamentals and their application to a selection of commercial operations, taking into account the most recent developments in research and practice. The lectures will cover the basics of turbulence, rheology and interfacial phenomena. Building on these basic concepts, mixing processes will be analyzed for single phase systems of low and high viscosity and complex rheology. Solid/liquid, gas/liquid and liquid/liquid systems (including interfacial phenomena) will be analyzed. Design and performance relationships for mixing equipment will be developed and scale-up issues addressed. Examples will be presented involving mixing and scale-up of crystallization, fermentation, food processing, chemical and polymer reactions.
Sessions will be supplemented by videos and discussion of problems presented by participants and by question and answers. The course faculty has extensive experience both having consulted, taught, undertaken research and written extensively for many years while remaining at the forefront of developments. Both will be present throughout, giving participants the opportunity to hear different views on a particular topic and participants are strongly encouraged to discuss their own interests, experiences and problems during the course. These discussions are very popular.