Unsteady jet mixing of Non-Newtonian fluids was investigated in order to develop a mixing correlation for treatment of stored radioactive waste prior to disposal. The radioactive waste was simulated by using carbopol mixtures, which possess both Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluid rheological characteristics. A particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique with high spatial and temporal resolution was used to measure jet axial velocity, vector field velocity, and mixing properties of the carbopol mixtures. The relationship between the decaying jet axial velocity, tank geometry, fluid rheology and initial jet velocity were determined. A mathematical correlation was developed to estimate jet velocity in submerged jet-agitated tanks using the Buckingham Pi theorem and Dimensionless Numbers that influence the jet velocity and agitation in the tank.

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