ASTM D233 - 13

    Standard Test Methods of Sampling and Testing Turpentine

    Active Standard ASTM D233 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.34

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.03


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    Significance and Use

    3.1 The test procedures described in this standard were developed when the chief use for turpentine was as a solvent. Currently however, the chief use for turpentine (and pinenes) is as raw materials for the production of resins and synthetic organic chemicals. Thus the chemical composition of turpentines and pinenes is extremely important and tests, in addition to the ones described in these test methods, are required in order to fully characterize turpentines and pinenes. The most widely used technique for determining the chemical composition of turpentines (and pinenes) is gas chromatography (see Test Methods D6387).

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for sampling and testing turpentine, as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations and Terminology D804. These test methods are also used for the sampling and testing of pinenes, the major components of most turpentines.

    1.2 These test methods primarily measure the physical rather than the chemical properties of turpentines and pinenes. As turpentines and pinenes are currently used chiefly as chemical raw materials for the production of resins and synthetic organic chemicals, chemical composition is also very important. Consequently, testing the chemical composition of turpentines and pinenes by gas chromatography has displaced these test methods to a large extent. (See for example Test Methods D6387.)

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.4 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.


    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

    D86 Test Method for Distillation of Petroleum Products at Atmospheric Pressure

    D270 Methods of Sampling Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D804 Terminology Relating to Pine Chemicals, Including Tall Oil and Related Products

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1209 Test Method for Color of Clear Liquids (Platinum-Cobalt Scale)

    D6166 Test Method for Color of Pine Chemicals and Related Products (Instrumental Determination of Gardner Color)

    D6387 Test Methods for Composition of Turpentine and Related Terpene Products by Capillary Gas Chromatography

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.060.30 (Solvents)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31211800(Paint solvents and thinners)


    DOI: 10.1520/D0233

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