Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A technique to study flow an microstructure of concentrated emulsions

M. A. D'Avila, R. L. Powell, R. J. Phillips, N. C. Shapley, J. H. Walton, S. R. Dungan

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Abstract

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have recently been recognized as important techniques for R&D of products and processes, as is attested by several successful applications in different areas of chemical engineering in recent years. In this article we present new experimental methods based on MRI to study flow and microstructure of concentrated emulsions. The objective is to present the unique features of this noninvasive technique to accurately measure different properties of flowing particulate opaque systems. Experimental results of velocity profiles, spatial distribution of droplet sizes and spatial homogeneity of an oil-in-water dispersion in a horizontal, concentric cylinder geometry using different pulse sequences are presented. The application of these techniques allowed probing important information on flow and microstructure of multiphase systems of interest in chemical engineering and food science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalBrazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

Keywords

  • Concentrated emulsions
  • Concentration distribution
  • Droplet size distribution
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Velocity profiles

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