Can vibration be used to uniformly mix a solution?

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Hi everyone. I'm wondering if vibration (likely acoustic) could be used to achieve a uniform suspension of an insoluble solid within a liquid solution? It seems completely reasonable to me, but I'm unable to find any information on the topic. I'm planning on getting in a lab to test it soon. Can anyone offer insight on what to expect or where to look for research in this area?

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You can use it to make suspensions, and to break suspensions.
http://engineeringworks.tamu.edu/2012/mixing-and-unmixing/ [Broken]
 
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Thanks for the link Bystander. Do you know of any laws associated with this phenomenon? For example, say I give you the density and volume of a liquid and a solid in a solution. I want to achieve a uniform suspension (illustration C) of the solid within the liquid. What kind of frequency must I introduce and at what magnitude? I know there are established formulae to achieve this with a blade stirrer, is there an established way to relate this to vibration?
 

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