Chaotic mixing in a twisted pipe: Optimisation of heat, mass transfer and RTD

B. T. Kuan, D. R. Lester, W. Yang, G. Metcalfe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearch


It is now well-known that chaotic advection in laminar flow significantly impacts scalar transport - heat, mass and residence time distribution (RTD). In context of twisted pipes, such phenomena are relevant to a wide range of applications which demand rapid heat and mass transport ranging from micro-fluidics and continuous chemical processing to bioreactors. A general theoretical framework linking the three modes of transport was described and applied to optimise the performance of a twisted pipe in terms of mixing, heat transfer and ability to produce a narrow RTD. The work indicates that it is possible to optimise all three aspects of the twisted pipe in a single analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014
Subtitle of host publication19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014; Melbourne; Australia; 8 December 2014 through 11 December 2014
PublisherAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780646596952
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Conference 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 8 Dec 201411 Dec 2014
Conference number: 19th


ConferenceAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleAFMC 2014
Internet address

Cite this