General definition of the term

Capacity is a key figure that describes the quantity that is processed or transferred over a specified period of time.

How is the flow rate of a centrifuge calculated?

In centrifugation, the flow rate is the nominal capacity of a centrifuge. The capacity indicates the amount of suspension the centrifuge processes in a certain time.

Method of calculating capacity

Alternative terms for capacity are: flow rate, throughput performance, throughput volume, nominal capacity, performance

Relevant units related to the concept of capacity are:

  • Cubic meters per hour: m³/h
  • Tons per hour: t/h
  • Hectoliters per hour: hl/h
  • Liters per hour: l/h
  • Kilograms per hour: kg/h



[1] Duden 05/2019: Durchsatz,

[2] Horst Kuchling: Pocketbook of Physics; Published by Fachbuchverlag Leipzig, 16. Edition 1996