The Effects of Inner Surface Roughness of Microbore Column Blanks on Column Performance

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LCGC North America, February 2000, Volume 18, Issue 2
Pages: 106–117

Columns | <b>Column: Column Watch</b>

The efficiencies of microbore-2 columns, which are prepared from blanks that have a wide variety of inner surface roughness, drop sharply when the size of individual surface roughness features approaches the particle size of the packing material. The results suggest that two categories of packed column structure relate to the surface features and yield high and low efficiency columns. This installment of "Column Watch" discusses this conclusion in terms of the stability of an agglomerated layer of packing particles on the blank wall when subjected to shear forces during column packing.