Independent variation of reynolds number, wall shear stress and flow velocity for cleaning experiments: A geometrically flexible parallel plate flow cell

Lakshmi Narasiman Vijayasarathi, Petra Foerst, Bernhard Spies, Daniel Schiochet Nasato, Heiko Briesen

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Abstract

For a long time, determining the factors influencing the cleaning of technical surfaces in the food and beverage industry has been of significant interest. In this study, an innovative test setup with a newly designed parallel plate flow cell was implemented to assess the cleaning of soluble molecular fouling materials, which allows for the independent variation of flow parameters, such as the Reynolds number, velocity, and wall shear stress. The test setup used fluorescence spectroscopy; it was found to produce reliable measurements of cleaning, and the results were confirmed with the help of another fluorescent tracer. A comparison of cleaning times for both equipment revealed that the cleaning times tend to have a geometrically independent power-law relationship with the wall shear stress and velocity, and they were used to directly correlate the cleaning times of the used soluble fouling material. However, the Reynolds number showed a geometric dependence on cleaning times. Nevertheless, on dividing the Reynolds number with respective channel characteristic lengths, geometric independence was observed, and, therefore, a correlation was obtained. We also suggest that complex fouling materials should still be investigated to elucidate their cleaning mechanisms better and test for parameter influences on complex cleaning mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number881
JournalProcesses
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Cleaning
  • Cleaning test
  • Flow parameters
  • Fluorescence spectrometer
  • Hygienic design
  • Parallel plate flow cell

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