ASTM E1915-05

    Standard Test Methods for Analysis of Metal Bearing Ores and Related Materials by Combustion Infrared Absorption Spectrometry

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of total carbon and sulfur in metal bearing ores and related materials such as tailings and waste rock within the following ranges:

    AnalyteApplication Range, %Quantitative Range, %
    Total Carbon0 to 100.08 to 10
    Total Sulfur0 to 8.80.023 to 8.8

    Note 1

    The test methods were tested over the following ranges:Total Carbon - 0.01 to 5.87 %Total Sulfur - 0.0002 to 4.70 %Residual Carbon from Pyrolysis - 0.002 to 4.97 %Residual Sulfur from Pyrolysis - 0.014 to 1.54 %Pyrolysis Loss Sulfur - 0 to 4.42 %Hydrochloric Acid Insoluble Carbon - 0.025 to 0.47 %Hydrochloric Acid Loss Carbon - 0 to 5.78 %Hydrochloric Acid Insoluble Sulfur - 0.012 to 4.20 %.Nitric Acid Insoluble Sulfur - 0.006 to 0.924 %Nitric Acid Loss Sulfur - -0.08 to 4.19 %Sodium Carbonate Insoluble Sulfur - 0.007 to 3.78 %

    1.2 The quantitative ranges for the partial decomposition test methods are dependent on the mineralogy of the samples being tested. The user of these test methods is advised to conduct an interlaboratory study in accordance with Practice E 1601 on the test methods selected for use at a particular mining site, in order to establish the quantitative ranges for these test methods on a site-specific basis.

    1.3 The test methods appear in the following order:

    Sections
    Carbon and Sulfur, Total
    Carbon and Sulfur, Residual from Pyrolysis
    Carbon and Sulfur, Hydrochloric Acid Insoluble
    Sulfur, Nitric Acid Insoluble
    Sulfur, Sodium Carbonate Insoluble

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.

    This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific warning statements are given in Section 7.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1067 Test Methods for Acidity or Alkalinity of Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1976 Test Method for Elements in Water by Inductively-Coupled Argon Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy

    D5673 Test Method for Elements in Water by Inductively Coupled Plasma--Mass Spectrometry

    D5744 Test Method for Laboratory Weathering of Solid Materials Using a Humidity Cell

    D6234 Test Method for Shake Extraction of Mining Waste by the Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    E50 Practices for Apparatus, Reagents, and Safety Considerations for Chemical Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    E135 Terminology Relating to Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    E882 Guide for Accountability and Quality Control in the Chemical Analysis Laboratory

    E1019 Test Methods for Determination of Carbon, Sulfur, Nitrogen, and Oxygen in Steel, Iron, Nickel, and Cobalt Alloys by Various Combustion and Fusion Techniques

    E1601 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Evaluate the Performance of an Analytical Method

    E1950 Practice for Reporting Results from Methods of Chemical Analysis

    E2242 Test Method for Column Percolation Extraction of Mine Rock by the Meteoric Water Mobility Procedure


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11101600(Ores)


    DOI: 10.1520/E1915-05

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