[FUN] Dumbest lab experience

Susanne Rohrer "srohrer(removethis)" at immv.unizh.ch
Fri Dec 15 10:14:46 EST 2000

oh, the joy of it all...

In my significant other's lab they suddenly had a hole in the rotor chamber.
no one had done it , of course, but they could write of the fuge. and that's
a lot of money.

Patrick Lynch wrote:

> I once came across the situation where someone had started an RC-5B
> centrifuge but had forgot to screw the rotor (a rather large one!) to the
> spindle.  Surprisingly the machine got up to 16,000 rpm without any
> problems.  But the fun started when the speed dropped to below 1,000 rpm -
> the rotor came off the spindle, smoke began to bellow from the chamber and
> the machine began to wander around like a drunk student! .  Thankfully it
> stopped and no one was injured but the rotor (only two months old!) was a
> complete write-off.
> ---

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