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See detailEstimation of the turbulent kinetic energy dissipation in a culture cell stirred tank bioreactor
Delafosse, Angélique ULg; Collignon, Marie-Laure ULg; Dossin, Denis et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2011), 66(8), 1728-1737

The turbulent dissipation rate is a key parameter in stirred tanks and its local values may have a strong influence on the performance of many processes. However, the local dissipation rate estimation is ... [more ▼]

The turbulent dissipation rate is a key parameter in stirred tanks and its local values may have a strong influence on the performance of many processes. However, the local dissipation rate estimation is far from easy in a stirred tank, especially near the impeller discharge where maximum values are encountered. The aim of this work is to estimate the dissipation rate in a vessel used for animal-cell cultures and stirred with a down-pumping axial impeller (Mixel TTP) from velocity fields measured by 2D-PIV. Special attention is paid to the assumptions necessary to estimate the dissipation rate from 2D measurements and to the influence of measurement spatial resolution on the estimated values. The analysis of isotropy ratios measured on vertical, horizontal and tangential planes shows that the turbulence in the impeller discharge is far from isotropic. Isotropy assumptions classically used to estimate the dissipation rate from 2D measurements may thus lead to erroneous values. Based on the measured isotropy ratios, a new relationship is proposed to estimate the dissipation rate in the impeller discharge. This relationship is then used to estimate the dissipation rate on a vertical plane located in the impeller discharge zone. In order to analyze the influence of the measurement spatial resolution on the estimated values of the dissipation, a total of 12 spatial resolutions are tested. Results show that if the spatial resolution is divided by a factor 2, the dissipation rate increases by 220%. For the smallest spatial resolution value used, the maximum dissipation rate estimated is 50 times higher than the mean overall dissipation rate and the corresponding minimum value of the Kolmogorov scale is nearly 3 times smaller than the Kolmogorov scale computed from the mean overall dissipation rate. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality of mixing in a stirred bioreactor used for animal cells culture: heterogeneities in a lab scale bioreactor and evolution of mixing time with scale up
Collignon, Marie-Laure ULg; Dossin, Denis; Delafosse, Angélique ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2010), 14

Animal cells are industrially cultivated inside stirred bioreactors to produce proteinic compounds. Due to the use of mild agitation conditions in order to limit mechanical constraints, the homogeneity of ... [more ▼]

Animal cells are industrially cultivated inside stirred bioreactors to produce proteinic compounds. Due to the use of mild agitation conditions in order to limit mechanical constraints, the homogeneity of the culture medium can be far from perfect. This study has therefore two objectives. 1) the global characterization of the mixing via the mixing time 2) the local description of concentration fields. The mixing time is measured by conductimetry inside 20 L, 80 L, 600L tanks. The Grenville correlation is adjusted on these experimental measurements to improve the prediction of the mixing time during the scale-up of the process. The concentration fields are visualized by the Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (P.L.I.F) technique in the 20 L tank. This part of the study is focused on the time evolution of the maximum value of the tracer concentration inside measurement planes and of the numerical distribution of theses concentration fields. [less ▲]

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