Centrifugation Description

Centrifuge involves physical separation of fluid mixture components based on their relative density. A rapidly rotating fluid mixture within a rigid vessel deposits the more dense solid particles farthest from the axis of rotation, while liquid supernatant lies separated near the axis. Centripetal forces in centrifugation are similar to gravitational forces in sedimentation, except the centripetal forces are thousands of times stronger than gravitational forces, depending upon centrifuge diameter and rotational speed.

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