A Conical Flask is a cone-shaped flask with a flat round bottom and a cylindrical neck. It was first invented by a German Chemist named Emil Erlenmeyer in the year 1860. The name of the flask hence came out to be Erlenmeyer’s Flask.
Erlenmeyer’s Flask is used to prepare concentration solutions and carry out chemical analysis. It is mostly used in the titration process and hence also known as “Titration Flask”. The unique design of this flask allows it to be sealed with a stopper for heating, also allowing the researcher to stir while experimenting. The tapered sides and narrow neck of the flask allow the liquids to mix and swirl easily without any risk of spillage.
A conical flask is the most commonly used laboratory equipment in scientific research. It is used to hold and measure chemical liquid samples. Furthermore, these chemicals can be heated, mixed, and boiled in a conical flask depending on the research. This flask is widely used for the preparation of microbial cultures in microbiology labs.
Before using a conical flask, sterilize it and clean it with a dry cloth. After experimenting, empty the flask and wash it in warm detergent solution for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse it under tap water 3 times. Dry the flask with a clean cotton cloth.
A conical flask should be stored at a dry place in a box to prevent dirt. It is preferred to keep them in a cupboard.