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Solid-Liquid Separation: A Guide to Centrifuge Selection

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Centrifugation is a necessary step in many pharmaceutical and chemical production processes. These guidelines will help chemical engineers better understand the process of centrifuge selection.

Solid-liquid separation through centrifugation is often a crucial step to obtain the desired product after precipitation or crystallization. There are two types of centrifugation (also called dewatering or deliquoring): filtering and sedimenting. This guide focuses mainly on filtering centrifugation because it is the more common type of solid-liquid separation in chemical and pharmaceutical production applications.

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