What thermal fluids are used in each heating or chilling bath?

All Hubers, except the chiller for the cold trap, will receive Marlotherm SH.

For the cold trap chillers, we recommend a suitable thermal transfer fluid such as 99% isopropyl or ethanol.

While other fluids can be used, we recommend reaching out to Root Sciences Technical Support prior to using a different fluid.

Typically, we recommend replacing the thermal fluid in the feed, residue, and condensing baths every 24 months, and the fluid in the evaporator should be replaced every 6 months.

The fluid in the cold trap should be topped off every month so that it completely submerges the cooling coils in the bath in order to prevent water from condensing on them and contaminating the alcohol.

If water does contaminate the alcohol, it will cause it to appear discolored or hazy, in which case it can be easily drained and refilled with clean 99% isopropyl or ethanol.

Why is ice forming on the inside of my cold trap, and how do I fix this issue?

In the event the system is open to the atmosphere while either the cold trap is cold or a temporary leak occurred, water vapor from the air around the machine can condense on the cold trap, forming ice. When a vacuum is applied, this ice will slowly sublimate (or turn into vapor) causing the vacuum to not go below the mid-to-low negative 1’s (between 1 mbar and 0.1 mbar).  

This can easily be fixed by simply leaving the vacuum pump on with the gas ballast open. In addition, you can accelerate this process by changing the temperature of the setpoint of the cold trap chiller to 0 degrees C, and then changing the temperature back down to the minimum setting once it reaches 0 degrees.  

The elevated temperature will supply the thermal energy necessary for the sublimation of the water and will reduce the time for the ice to disappear. 

 More information can be found in SOP – Vacuum Troubleshooting

If you need additional assistance, please call technical support at +1 (206) 452-1130.