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This standard details the general bomb test method for determination of the amount of sulfur in lubricating oils with additives, additive concentrates, lubricating greases, and other petroleum products with low volatilities. This test method entails oxidizing samples by combustion in a bomb containing oxygen under pressure. The amount of sulfur is determined by gravimetry. Materials needed for the test include a combustion bomb, sample cup, firing wire, ignition circuit, and a cotton wicking or nylon sewing thread. All reagents, samples, and other chemicals used for the test should conform to the required concentration and purity.
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1.1 This test method covers the determination of sulfur in petroleum products, including lubricating oils containing additives, additive concentrates, and lubricating greases that cannot be burned completely in a wick lamp. The test method is applicable to any petroleum product sufficiently low in volatility that it can be weighed accurately in an open sample boat and containing at least 0.1 % sulfur.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1193 Specification for Reagent Water
D1552 Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (High-Temperature Method)
D6299 Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance
E144 Practice for Safe Use of Oxygen Combustion Bombs
ICS Number Code 75.080 (Petroleum products in general)
ASTM D129-13, Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (General High Pressure Decomposition Device Method), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top