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On the Use of Venturi Tubes in Aeration

Department of Civil Engineering, Firat University, Mezreh, Elazığ, Turkey
CLEAN - Soil Air Water (Impact Factor: 1.95). 04/2007; 35(2):183 - 185. DOI: 10.1002/clen.200600025

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The ecological quality of water depends largely on the amount of oxygen that the water can hold. The higher the level of dissolved oxygen, the better the quality of a water system. By measuring dissolved oxygen, scientists determine the quality of water and health of an ecosystem. Oxygen enters water by entrainment of air bubbles. Many industrial and environmental processes involve the aeration of a liquid by such entrainment of air bubbles. Venturi aeration is a method of aeration that has become popular in recent years. When a minimal amount of differential pressure exists between the inlet and outlet sides of a venturi tube, a vacuum (air suction) occurs at the suction holes of the venturi tube. The present paper describes the effect of Reynolds Number, air inlet hole diameter, inlet diameter, pipe length, and angle of pipe downstream of the venturi tube, on the air injection rate. It is observed from the results that venturi tubes have high air injection efficiencies. Therefore, venturi tubes can be used as highly effective aerators in ponds, lakes, fish hatcheries, water treatment plants, etc.

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    • "Recently, Baylar and Emiroglu (2003), Emiroglu and Baylar (2003), Laksitanonta and Singh (2003 and 2004), Baylar et al. (2005), Ozkan et al. (2006), Baylar and Ozkan (2006), Zhu et al. (2007) and Baylar et al. (2007a-b, 2009, 2010) have studied the use of venturi tubes in aeration systems. This paper describes an experimental investigation into air injection efficiency of venturi tubes, and in particular, the effect of air inlet hole diameter on air injection efficiency. "
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    • "Os sistemas de autoaspiração de ar são utilizados para promover a oxigenação da água; trata-se de um método que se baseia nos princípios do tubo de Venturi e se utiliza de um ejetor para misturar o oxigênio do ar com a água. Os ejetores são equipamentos capazes de transformar a energia de pressão do fluido primário em energia de velocidade que, por sua vez, poderá atingir um nível crítico que induz à formação de vácuo na seção de contração do Venturi, realizando a sucção do ar atmosférico através de um vaso paralelo ao escoamento (Teixeira, 1999; Baylar et al., 2007a.; Baylar et al., 2009). "
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