The objective of this report is investigate the influences of the mixing state to the productions of the vaterite crystal of CaCO3. In order to quantify the three-dimensional flow structures and their physical contribution to the mixing properties, a stereoscopic PIV (SPIV) has been adopted.

The SPIV systems consists of two high speed cameras and an optical encoder which is used for trigging the SPIV system to capture the instantaneous flow images. A continuous laser (550nm) has been used. For mixing, an agitator having four blades has been used. The mixing tank has been filled with water up to 85% level of the tank height. The agitator has been rotated with 200rpm, 250rpm and 300rpm, and the 3D flow structures have been captured by the constructed SPIV system.

Using measured instantaneous 3D vectors, POD (proper orthogonal decomposition) analyses has been adopted to investigate the energy distributions of the major vortical structures, and to evaluate the flow features regarding on the production of the vaterite crystal of CaCO3.

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