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This keyword data block is used to mix together two or more aqueous solutions. Mixing may be used alone, in combination with additional reactions, or during advection or transport calculations. All applications of MIX result in a batch-reaction calculation that produces aqueous equilibrium, including redox equilibrium.

Example data block
Line 0:  MIX 2 Mixing solutions 5, 6, and 7.
Line 1a:      5     1.1
Line 1b:      6     0.5
Line 1c:      7     0.3

Line 0: MIX [ number ] [ description ]

MIX is the keyword for the data block.

number --A positive number designates the following mixing parameters. Default is 1.

description --Optional comment that describes the mixture.

Line 1: solution number, mixing fraction

solution number --Defines a solution to be part of the mixture.

mixing fraction --Decimal number that is multiplied times the moles of each element in the specified solution; the mixture is the sum of each solution times its mixing fraction. Mixing fractions may be greater than 1.0.


In mixing, each solution is multiplied by its mixing fraction and a new solution is calculated by summing over all of the fractional solutions. In the Example data block, if the moles of sodium in solutions 5, 6, and 7 were 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3, the moles of sodium in the mixture would be . The moles of all elements are multiplied by the mixing fraction of the solution, including elements hydrogen and oxygen. Thus, the mass of water is effectively multiplied by the same fractions. In the Example data block, if all solutions have 1 kg of water, the total mass of water in the mixture is approximately kg, and the concentration of sodium would be approximately 0.16 mol/kgw (0.3/1.9). The charge imbalance of each solution is multiplied by the mixing fraction, and all the imbalances are then summed to calculate the charge imbalance of the mixture. The temperature of the mixture is approximated by multiplying each solution temperature by its mixing fraction, summing these numbers, and dividing by the sum of the mixing fractions. Other intensive properties of the mixture are calculated in the same way as temperature. This approach for calculating the temperature of mixtures is an approximation because enthalpies of reaction are ignored. For example, heat generated by mixing a strong acid with a strong base is not considered.

This formulation of mixing can be used to approximate constant volume processes if the sum of the mixing fractions is 1.0 and all of the solutions have the same mass of water. The calculations are only approximate in terms of mixing volumes because the summation is made in terms of moles (or mass) and no consideration is given to the partial molar volumes of solutes. Similarly, the formulation for mixing can approximate processes with varying volume; for example, a titration.

Mixing results in a batch-reaction calculation, which produces aqueous equilibrium, including redox equilibrium. SOLUTIONs may be defined with redox disequilibrium by defining concentrations of individual valence states of elements. When SOLUTIONs are mixed, all valence states of elements react to redox equilibrium. Thus, even if a single solution in redox disequilibrium is mixed with a mixing fraction of 1.0 (which will not change the total concentrations of elements), redox reactions will occur among the valence states of elements, which in turn will change the pH and pe of the solution.

When multiple batch-reaction steps are defined in KINETICS, REACTION, REACTION_PRESSURE, or REACTION_TEMPERATURE, and if INCREMENTAL_REACTIONS is false (cumulative reaction steps), then each batch-reaction step uses the same mixing factors; if INCREMENTAL_REACTIONS is true (incremental reaction steps), then the mixing fractions are applied during the first batch-reaction step only.

Example problems

The keyword MIX is used in example problems 3, 4, 13, and 21.

Related keywords

INCREMENTAL_REACTIONS, SOLUTION, SAVE solution , USE solution , and USE mix .

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