Calibration of a Macro-Viscosimeter using CFD Methods
The aim of this work was the identification of the rheological behaviour of typical slurries used in biogas digesters. To optimise the mixing performance of large-scale biogas fermenters using CFD-Methods it is necessary to have data that describe the properties of the fluid. Typical slurries contain a large amount of organic and inorganic particles (up to 12 %) with particle sizes and fibre lengths varying in a large range and display a non-Newtonian behaviour. It is shown that CFD combined with other methods is a suitable tools to calibrate a macro-viscosimeter.
Three different methods were applied to calibrate the macro-viscosimeter:
- Metzner-Otto method
- Metzner-Otto method, modified shear distribution
- numerical investigation