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In this project, we present the procedure used for developing a functional emulsion reactor with the ability to control particle size through process parameter optimization. This was accomplished through the application of emulsion theory for the determination of proper compound selection, vessel composition analysis, critical micelle concentration (CMC) theory analysis, mixing analysis, subsurface-feeding flow analysis, and particle size optimization testing. For this project, a Chemglass 10 L jacketed reactor vessel was fitted to a designed, Zinc-coated steel rigging to house the emulsion. Agitation was accomplished through the use of a MixerDirect 3Hp high output motor coupled with a Morehouse Cowles 3 in. high shear mixing blade. A subsurface oil phase feeding system was designed to deliver oil to the high shear mixing region within the vessel. Particle size optimization testing showed the process parameter effects on particle size distributions. Using the emulsion reactor, an average particle size of less than 10microns with a deviation of 5microns above and below the average was determined. The optimal conditions for the emulsion reactor were determined from a back-up plan and implemented.

Emulsion Reactor

Emulsion Reactor

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Project Name
Emulsion Reactor
Project Number
P13622
Start Term
2012-1
End Term
2012-3
Faculty Guide
Neal Eckhaus, neckhaus@gmail.com
Primary Customer
Mike Sanchez, Christiaan Richter
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT ChemE Department, Christiaan Richter

Team Members

Stephen Heisler, John Miller, Ryan Foringer, Curtis Williamson

Stephen Heisler, John Miller, Ryan Foringer, Curtis Williamson

Member Role Contact
John Miller Procurement Specialist & Process Design jfm5599@rit.edu
Ryan Foringer Team Leader & Process Design rdf2932@rit.edu
Curtis Williamson Engineering Manager & Process Design cbw8851@rit.edu
Stephen Heisler Process Automation & Programming Specialist sxh1041@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Project Review

Planning & Execution

Construction and Operating Manual

Testing and Validation

Project Review

Final Presentation

Technical Paper

Poster

Acknowledgements