centrifugal sedimentation

centrifugal sedimentation

[‚sen′trif·i·gəl ‚sed·ə·mən′tā·shən]
(chemical engineering)
Removing solids from liquids by causing particles to settle through the liquid radially toward or away from the center of rotation (depending on the solid-liquid relative densities) by use of a centrifuge.
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Methods used to separate particles by size but provide little characterization or distribution information are sieving, gravity and centrifugal sedimentation, and capillary hydrodynamic and sedimentation field flow fractionation.