In the centrifugation process, heat is generated by the friction with the air in the centrifuge rotor and chamber. The centrifugation cycle can become affected by heat. However, there are processes that make use of centrifugation that is controlled at a specific temperature.
These applications and processes typically use a heated centrifuge. Heated centrifuges work in the same way as the typical centrifuges. It can come in various sizes (the most common is the benchtop centrifuges). One thing that makes it stand out is the ability to operate at high temperatures.
A heated centrifuge is considered the ideal choice for industrial and research laboratories. The Hettich ROTOFIX 46 H comes with a vast range of accessories suitable for routine applications. It is also capable of taking on special centrifugal tasks.
This kind of centrifuge is primarily used to test non-medicinal specimens. It can also accommodate a vast range of special tubes including ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) tubes.
Heated Centrifuge: Different Uses
Some of the uses of heated centrifuge include:
- Standardised crude oil test procedures
- Performance of ASTM tests
- Determining sulphuric acid content on chrome baths
- Organometallic and coordination chemistry procedures (this can be attributed to the capacity of centrifuges to hold Schlenk tubes. Specimens in the Schlenk tubes can be separated through centrifugation)
Not Ideal for Medical Use
Unlike other centrifuges that are typically used in clinical and medical laboratory diagnostics, centrifuges such as the ROTOFIX 46 H are designed for industrial applications, not for medical analysis.