This Information Applies To: Agilent 5000 series ICP-OES
Exhaust temperature and requirements for laboratory site preparation
Certain parameters will impact the actual temperature of the plasma exhaust. Some of these factors are:
The typical plasma exhaust temperature is around 55 to 80 °C (130 to 180 °F).
The instrument limit is set to < 95 °C/200 °F.
Heat, ozone, vapors, and fumes generated by the plasma can be hazardous and must be extracted from the instrument by an exhaust system. Ensure that an exhaust system of the appropriate type is fitted (see Agilent 5100 and 5110 ICP-OES Site Preparation Guide).
The system must be vented to the outside air in accordance with local regulations and never within the building.
Regularly check the exhaust system by smoke test to ensure that the exhaust system is working correctly.
The exhaust fan must be always switched on before igniting the plasma.
The exhaust ducting should be corrosion resistant and fire-proof.
Due to the corrosive nature of some analytical work, it is recommended that in applications demanding high use of corrosive materials, an external cooling air supply system be provided.
It is recommended that the cooling air is supplied from an environmentally controlled area that is away from the instrument exhaust and any other area where corrosive materials are stored or used. The external cooling air system with flue, fan, and ducting must provide a minimum positive flow of 4 m3/minute (141 ft3/min) to the instrument when using the External Inlet Duct Adaptor Kit (G8010-68002).
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