High Shear Mixer Granulation when one area of fluid travels with a different velocity relative to an adjacent area. A High Shear Mixer Granulation uses a rotating impeller or high-speed rotor, or a series of such impellers or inline rotors, usually powered by an electric motor, to "work" the fluid, creating flow and shear. The tip velocity, or speed of the fluid at the outside diameter of the rotor, will be higher than the velocity at the center of the rotor, and it is this velocity difference that creates shear.
A stationary component may be used in combination with the rotor, and is referred to as the stator. The stator creates a close-clearance gap between the rotor and itself and forms an extremely high-shear zone for the material as it exits the rotor. The rotor and stator combined together are often referred to as the mixing head, or generator. A large high-shear rotor stator mixer may contain a number of generators.