The degree of polymer-water mixing in high-pressure pipelines on offshore oilfields usually influences the polymer solution&rsquo

s performance. To realize efficient mixing of the polymer mother liquor with dilution water in the high-pressure pipeline, a high-efficiency mixer is designed and optimized. The designed mixer consists of four parts: a T-shaped pipe as the main body, an inlet flow-splitting plate, a stainless-steel flow-guiding tube, and an outlet flow-splitting plate. Mathematical models are built by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the mixing effects are compared by using Fluent. The research results show that compared with conventional T-shaped mixers, the designed high-efficiency mixer has better mixing performance and increases the mixing rate to 80%. To optimize the mixing rate, the length of the stainless-steel tube is increased and the tube is perforated to guide the flow. The result shows that boring holes along straight lines around the tube can achieve good optimization effect and increase the mixing rate to 95%. The designed high-efficiency mixer can effectively improve the dissolving efficiency and solve problems in polymer-water mixing in the high-pressure pipeline.

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Published on 01/01/2020

Volume 2020, 2020
DOI: 10.3390/pr8010110
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