A graduated cylinder is a relatively narrow glass cylinder, manufactured from chemically resistant borosilicate glass, explicitly used for measuring a liquid’s volume. Generally graduated cylinders are not used for high-quality volumetric work. The tolerance and resistance of graduated cylinders are considerably higher than that of the volumetric flasks. Our graduated cylinders provide increased mechanical strength to avoid breakage and cracking. Measurements on the graduated cylinders are taken by viewing the lower meniscus at the eye-level (the lowest point of the convex dip in the cylinder).
To fill a graduated cylinder following protocol should be followed:
- Clean and dry the cylinder before filling.
- Transfer the liquid to be measured into the cylinder with the help of a pipette, burette, or any other laboratory instrument in a steady stream. Do not splash.
- Stop filling when the calibration line is achieved for a few minutes and let the liquid drain from the walls of the container.
- Draw out the excess fluid by using a pipette if the calibration line is crossed. While pipetting out the excess liquid, make sure that the surface tension in the tip of the pipette is sufficient.
- Cover the cylinder to prevent evaporation or contamination.
To empty a filled graduated cylinder follow the following protocol:
- Incline the cylinder gradually to pour out a steady stream of liquid of the spout. Do not splash.
- Keep inclining until the cylinder is vertical and hold it for about half a minute.
- To empty the cylinder touch the drop at the tip of the spout to the wall of the receiving container.
- Do not remove the cylinder vertically.