# System analysis of a centrifuge

• Vorrawit
In summary, the centrifuge must produce a 6 g/s rate of onset in order to apply force at the end. The centrifuge must also have the capability to rapidly change angular speed.
Vorrawit

## Homework Statement

Initial training involves a slow onset rate (1 g/s) run up to a maximum of 9 g’s. After these initial runs, a rapid onset rate (ROR) of 6 g/s is typically performed; this is for high performance fighters. Finally, a Tactical Aircraft Combat Maneuver (TACM) may be performed. The sequence consisted of a Rapid Onset (6 g/s onset), beginning at 2g. The centrifuge then goes to 9g for 5 seconds, 5g for 1 second, then 5 seconds at 8g, 2 seconds at 4g, and 1.5g for 3 seconds. The centrifuge was finally brought to a complete stop.
You are an engineer in the centrifuge design team. You are asked to determine what type of torque will be required to generate TACM. Also calculate how much force will be placed on the centrifuge’s drive shaft. To do the calculation break this problem into subtasks:
1. Find the angular velocity required to produce the required g levels.
2. Determine the angular acceleration need to achieve a 6 g/s onset rate
3. Determine the torque needed to produce this angular acceleration.
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Vorrawit said:

## Homework Statement

Initial training involves a slow onset rate (1 g/s) run up to a maximum of 9 g’s. After these initial runs, a rapid onset rate (ROR) of 6 g/s is typically performed; this is for high performance fighters. Finally, a Tactical Aircraft Combat Maneuver (TACM) may be performed. The sequence consisted of a Rapid Onset (6 g/s onset), beginning at 2g. The centrifuge then goes to 9g for 5 seconds, 5g for 1 second, then 5 seconds at 8g, 2 seconds at 4g, and 1.5g for 3 seconds. The centrifuge was finally brought to a complete stop.
You are an engineer in the centrifuge design team. You are asked to determine what type of torque will be required to generate TACM. Also calculate how much force will be placed on the centrifuge’s drive shaft. To do the calculation break this problem into subtasks:
1. Find the angular velocity required to produce the required g levels.
2. Determine the angular acceleration need to achieve a 6 g/s onset rate
3. Determine the torque needed to produce this angular acceleration.
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## Homework Equations

Welcome to PF Vorrawit!

What is the direction of the force experienced by a body at the end of the centrifuge? (hint: consider the prefix "centri" in centrifuge). Can you express that force as a function of angular speed and radius? Consider how rapidly that force has to change. What does that tell you about the rate of change of angular speed (i.e angular acceleration)?

If you can answer those questions, that should give you a good start to answering the questions.

AM

Vorrawit
There are two accelerations at play. Besides the radial acceleration, tangential acceleration should also be taken into account.

Vorrawit
Start simple. Calculate angular speed required for 1g. Correct: standing still is good enough. Now √2 g , etc.
Make a drawing of the sequences.

Vorrawit

## 1. What is a centrifuge and how does it work?

A centrifuge is a laboratory instrument used to separate components of a mixture based on their density. It works by spinning the mixture at high speeds, causing the heavier components to move towards the bottom of the tube while the lighter components remain near the top.

## 2. What are the main components of a centrifuge?

The main components of a centrifuge include a rotor, which holds the tubes containing the mixture, a motor that spins the rotor, and a control panel that allows the user to adjust speed and time settings.

## 3. How do you choose the right centrifuge for your needs?

The right centrifuge depends on the type of samples you will be working with, the volume of samples, and the required speed and g-force. Consider the maximum rotor capacity, maximum speed, and available adapters when selecting a centrifuge.

## 4. Why is it important to regularly maintain and calibrate a centrifuge?

Regular maintenance and calibration ensure that the centrifuge is functioning properly and producing accurate results. This also helps to prevent any potential safety hazards and prolongs the lifespan of the instrument.

## 5. How can system analysis be used to improve the performance of a centrifuge?

System analysis involves evaluating the various components and processes of a centrifuge to identify areas for improvement. This can include optimizing rotor design, motor speed, and control panel settings to achieve more efficient and accurate separations.

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