Petroleum Coke

    2014 Annual Fee: $697.00

    2015 Annual Fee: $721.00

    Schedule: January, April, July, October

    Sample amount distributed each test cycle: Approximately 500g



    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    The Petroleum Coke Proficiency Testing Program will provide laboratories with a statistical quality assurance tool, enabling them to compare, improve, and maintain, a high level of performance in the use of ASTM tests on commercial calcined and green petroleum coke with other laboratories worldwide. All data and related information generated from the program is coded to maintain lab confidentiality.

    Test instructions and data report forms are posted to the PTP portal on the date samples are distributed. Labs have approximately 8 weeks to submit test data with the final statistical summary reports being electronically posted to the PTP portal in approximately 25 business days.

    For more information, contact us.


    WHY SHOULD YOUR LABORATORY PARTICIPATE?

    ASTM's Proficiency Test Program provides you with:

    • A useful and meaningful statistical quality assurance tool to monitor the strengths and weaknesses of your laboratory's performance in conducting testing.
    • The resource you need to satisfy proficiency testing elements of laboratory accreditation.
    • A periodic comparison of test results with other participating laboratories.

    Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to ptp@astm.org with your lab number and account number.


    TEST MATERIALS

    Four (4) samples including two (2) calcined and two (2) green petroleum coke samples will be distributed during the course of the year. Approximately 500g of test material will be provided to each participant for each test cycle.


    TEST PARAMETERS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

    D1552

    Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (High-Temperature Method)

    D2638

    Standard Test Method for Real Density of Calcined Petroleum Coke by Helium Pycnometer

    D4422

    Standard Test Method for Ash in Analysis of Petroleum Coke

    D5056

    Standard Test Method for Trace Metals in Petroleum Coke by Atomic Absorption

    D5600

    Standard Test Method for Trace Metals in Petroleum Coke by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES)

    D6374

    Standard Test Method for Volatile Matter in Green Petroleum Coke Quartz Crucible Procedure

    D6376

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Trace Metals in Petroleum Coke by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy

    NOTE: Participation is not contingent upon performing all program tests.


    DISTRIBUTION OF SAMPLES

    Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by LQSI in South Holland, IL. Program registration fees include the cost of shipping the test samples to U.S. participants or, for international participants, to a third-party shipping agent located in the U.S.

    IMPORTANT for International participants: You have the following options for receipt of samples:

    • Ship through a third party shipping agent - Provide ASTM International with the complete contact information of a designated Shipping Agent located in the U.S. who will be responsible for shipping samples from the U.S. to your facility. Participants are responsible for making financial and shipping arrangements directly with the shipping agent.
      • Please be advised that when samples are shipped, an e-mail is sent only to the contact of record on your ASTM PTP account. It is the customer’s responsibility to advise their designated shipper that the sample has been shipped.
      • We cannot permit shipping agents to pick up samples at our distributors’ warehouses.
    • Ship directly from the sample distributor via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX - Provide ASTM International with your shipping account number to cover shipping charges. Check that your carrier will deliver the test materials to your location. Materials classified as Hazardous may have restrictions.
      • You are responsible for additional fees charged-back to our distributor for any reason relative to your sample shipment including, but not limited to, fees for fuel surcharges, missing/invalid account numbers, dangerous goods, remote area delivery, and multiple delivery attempts.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Participation is on an annual fee basis and open to all laboratories. Registration fees must be paid in advance to participate. Testing must be performed within the participant's laboratory facilities. A laboratory does not need to perform all the program tests to participate.


    ABOUT ASTM INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE D02 ON PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND LUBRICANTS

    Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, consisting of over 1,500 members and developer of nearly 670 ASTM International standards, provides the technical direction for the program. Test information generated through the program is utilized by Committee D02 to determine if modifications to ASTM International methods or new methods are warranted and to analytically review program test results.