1.Scope * 1.1This test method covers the use of manual vapor pressure instruments to determine the vapor pressure of crude oils exerted in a vacuum. This test method is suitable for testing samples that exert a vapor pressure between 25 and 180 kPa at 37.8 C at vapor-liquid ratios from 4:1 to 0.25:1 (X = 4 to 0.25). NOTE 1This test method is suitable for the determination of the vapor pressure of crude oils at temperatures from 0 to 60 C and pressures up to 500 kPa, but the precision and bias statements (see Section 15) may not be applicable. 1.2This test method is meant primarily for under field conditions for immediate evaluation of vapor pressure for storage, transport or operational uses. 1.3This test method is not intended for use in for custody transfer applications. Test method D6377 shall be used for custody transfer applications. 1.4This test method provides a reasonable estimation for light ends content of the source material given that the partial pressure of low boiling components contribute significantly to total vapor pressure. 1.5This test method allows both sample collection and subsequent vapor pressure measurement of crude oil samples directly from the sample source. The collected sample may also be transferred to an automated vapor pressure instrument such as used for ASTM D6377. The field test apparatus is suitable for transportation provided suitable over-pack is used to meet the regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods in the transportation jurisdiction(s). 1.6This test method allows the determination of vapor pressure for crude oil samples having pour points above 0C. 1.7The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. Other units of measurement are included in this standard for ease of use in multiple jurisdictions. 1.8This 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.
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