How to Calculate and Solve for Sedimentation of Dilute Suspension | Rheology

The image above represents sedimentation of dilute suspension.

To compute for sedimentation of dilute suspension, four essential parameters are needed and these parameters are Change in Density between the Dispersed and Continuous Phase of the Suspension (ΔP), Acceleration due to Gravity (g), Particle Radius (a) and Viscosity of Continuous Phase (η).

The formula for calculating sedimentation of dilute suspension:

v = 2ΔPga2 / 

Where:

v = Sedimentation of Dilute Suspension
ΔP = Change in Density between the Dispersed and Continuous Phase of the Suspension
g = Acceleration due to Gravity
a = Particle Radius
η = Viscosity of Continuous Phase

Let’s solve an example;
Find the sedimentation of dilute suspension when the change in density between the dispersed and continuous phase of the suspension is 10, the acceleration due to gravity is 9.8, particle radius is 22 and the viscosity of continuous phase is 11.

This implies that;

ΔP = Change in Density between the Dispersed and Continuous Phase of the Suspension = 10
g = Acceleration due to Gravity = 9.8
a = Particle Radius = 22
η = Viscosity of Continuous Phase = 11

v = 2ΔPga2 / 
v = 2 x 10 x 9.8 x 222 / 9 x 11
v = 2 x 10 x 9.8 x 484 / 99
v = 94864 / 99
v = 958.2

Therefore, the sedimentation of dilute suspension is 958.2.

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