Aluminum Respirable Dust Cyclone, 25 mm

Please allow your location to be read or register an account with SKC Inc. to view pricing
Part Number: 225-01-01

Aluminum Respirable Dust Cyclone, 25 mm Overview

Aluminum Respirable Dust Cyclone, 25 mm

The SKC Aluminum Cyclone is specified in NIOSH methods for silica and respirable dust. The Aluminum Cyclone is operated at 2.5 L/min to conform to the ISO 7708/CEN criteria specified in the 2016 OSHA final rule on respirable crystalline silica and meets ACGIH respirable TLVs.

Performance Profile

Sample Time Varies
Sampling Rate 2.5 L/min for 4-µm cut-point (OSHA silica rule)
Sample Pump Universal XR or AirChek series
Sample Media 25 or 37-mm filters in 3-piece cassettes
Tubing 1/4-in ID


  • Sampler Class : Respirable
  • Cut-point : 4 μm
  • Flow rate : 2.5 L/min
  • Disposable : No
  • Sampler Type : Cyclone
  • Calibration Adaptor? : Yes


Exploded View of Cyclone/Filter Cassette Assembly

Exploded View of Cyclone-filter Cassette Assembly

The SKC Aluminum Cyclone is a lightweight respirable dust sampler that is used with a filter loaded into a three-piece filter cassette. The cyclone separates dust particles according to size. The respirable particles collect on a filter for analysis while larger particles fall into the grit pot and are discarded.

The ACGIH, NIOSH, International Organization for Standardization (ISO 7708), and European Standard Committee (CEN) specify a collection efficiency curve with a median cut-point at 4 µm. When performing respirable dust sampling with cyclones, it is important to adjust the flow rate to give the closest possible match over the whole curve (not just at a single point). The ACGIH/ISO/CEN curve requires using the flow rate that minimizes the bias of the cyclone separation from this curve.

New York University Medical Center, a leading aerosol research organization, has calibrated the SKC Aluminum Cyclone and the results were carefully evaluated for bias over the whole curve, showing that 2.5 L/min most closely matches the curve. The SKC Aluminum Cyclone meets the ACGIH/ISO/CEN curve at 2.5 L/min as specified in NIOSH Method 0600. The SKC Aluminum Cyclone is also specified in NIOSH 7500 for Silica and NIOSH 0600 for Particulates Not Otherwise Regulated.

OSHA Publishes Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica
In its final silica rule, OSHA sets a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 µg/m3 across all industries covered by the rule and abandoned the previous silica PEL formula. In addition, the OSHA final silica rule states that any sampler conforming to the ISO 7708/CEN criteria (50% cut-point of 4 µm) can be used for workplace silica and lists examples of samplers, including the SKC Aluminum Cyclone (final rule page 16439). The ISO 7708 criteria have been adopted by NIOSH, ACGIH, and many other global occupational hygiene organizations. SKC Aluminum Cyclone performance data, relative to the ISO 7708/CEN criteria, was published in the Journal of Aerosol Science, 29, 1998.

The SKC Aluminum Cyclone is available in two sizes: 25 mm for use with 25-mmthree-piece cassettes and 37 mm for use with 37-mm three-piece cassettes. Thefilter material, pore size, and support pad must be selected as specified bythe sampling method used. A cyclone's collection efficiency may be influencedby electrostatic effects. If the cyclone carries a net charge, particles of thesame charge will be repelled by the cyclone and will not be sampled efficiently.SKC cyclones are constructed of conductive materials that eliminate the staticproblem associated with nylon (non-conductive) cyclones.


The SKC Aluminum Cyclone is used with a three-piece filter cassette, a filter cassette holder, and a constant flow personal sampling pump such as the SKC AirChek Series sample pumps.

A representative weighed filter with a support pad is placed into a three-piece cassette (with inlet section removed) and attached to the cyclone. The cyclone-cassette assembly is then attached to the filter cassette holder. The flow rate of the pump with the cyclone-cassette assembly in line is verified with a standard flowmeter such as the chek-mate 375 Series. The grit pot remains on the cyclone during flow rate verification and sampling.

The cyclone is clipped to a worker’s collar or pocket as close to the breathing zone as possible. The pump is clipped to the worker’s belt or placed in a protective pouch. The pump is activated and the worker wears the apparatus during the entire sampling period. After sampling, the filter cassette is removed, sealed, and sent with all data to a laboratory for analysis.

Calibration Adapter
The aluminum calibration adapter fits over the stem of both the 25 and the 37-mm cyclones and allows standard 1/4-inch ID Tygon tubing to be attached for flow rate verification.

Calibration Adapter 225-01-03
Calibration Adapter
Cat. No. 225-01-03


Holder for 25 and 37-mm Cassettes
The lightweight filter cassette holder is designed to attach to a worker's collar and will accommodate either 25-mm cassettes with cowl or two or three-part 37-mm cassettes with or without a cyclone.

Filter Cassette Holder Cat. No. 225-1

Cyclone/cassette assembly
in filter cassette holder

Named for the rotation of air within its chamber, the cyclone is a particle size selector for sampling airborne particulates. It functions on the same principle as a centrifuge: the rapid circulation of air separates particles according to their equivalent aerodynamic diameter with the respirable particles collecting on the filter while the larger particles fall into the grit pot to be discarded. The cyclone/filter assembly is attached to a worker's collar near the breathing zone.

Respirable Dust and Sampling Efficiency Curves
Respirable dust refers to particles that settle deep within the lungs that arenot ejected by exhaling, coughing, or expulsion by mucus. Since these particlesare not collected with 100% efficiency by the lungs, respirable dust is definedin terms of sampling efficiency curves. These curves are sometimes referred toin terms of the 50% sampling efficiency or cut-point at a certain flow rate.

Sampling flow rate affects the 50% cut-point of a cyclone

Sampling flow rate affects the 50% cut-point of a cyclone.
The SKC Aluminum Cyclone provides a 50% cut-point of 4 micron at 2.5 L/min and 3.5 micron at 2.8 L/min
(click to enlarge)

Tech Tips

red triangle A cyclone will not sample optimally if it is influenced by electrostatic charge. SKC cyclones are constructed of conductive plastic or aluminum that eliminates the static problem associated with nylon (non-conductive) cyclones.
red triangle Cleaning cyclones before sampling prevents deviation in the collection efficiency curves.



Harper, M., Fang, C.-P., Bartley, D. L., and Cohen, B. S., “Calibration of the SKC, Inc. Aluminum Cyclone for Operation in Accordance with ISO/CEN/ACGIH Respirable Aerosol Sampling Criteria,” J. Aerosol Sci., Vol. 29, Suppl. 1, 1998, pp. S347-S348,, reprints availablefrom SKC

NIOSH Method 7500

NIOSH Method 0600

Liden, G., “Evaluation of the SKC Personal Respirable Dust Sampling Cyclone,” Appl. Occup. Environ. Hyg., Vol. 8, Issue 3, 1998, pp. 178-190,

Trakumas, S., et al., Performance Assessment of Personal Respirable Cyclone Samplers,” AIHce Presentation 191, 2003, (PowerPoint presentation)


OSHA Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica,