ASTM D2549 - 02(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Separation of Representative Aromatics and Nonaromatics Fractions of High-Boiling Oils by Elution Chromatography

    Active Standard ASTM D2549 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.04.0C

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.01


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    ASTM D2549

    Significance and Use

    The determination of compound types by mass spectrometry requires, in some instances, a preliminary separation of the petroleum sample into representative aromatics and nonaromatics fractions, as in Test Methods D2425, D2786, and D3239. This test method provides a suitable separation technique for this application.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the separation and determination of representative aromatics and nonaromatics fractions from hydrocarbon mixtures that boil between 232 and 538°C (450 and 1000°F). Alternative procedures are provided for the separation of 2 g or 10 g of hydrocarbon mixture.

    Note 1—Some components may not be eluted from the chromatographic column for some types of samples under the conditions used in this method.

    Note 2—Test Method D2007 is an alternative method of separating high-boiling oils into polar compounds, aromatics, and saturates fractions.

    1.2 An alternative procedure is provided to handle samples boiling below 232°C (450°F), but whose 5 % point is above 178°C (350°F) as determined by Test Method D2887. This procedure is given in Appendix X1.

    1.3 The values stated in acceptable SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information purposes only.

    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 heal 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

    D2007 Test Method for Characteristic Groups in Rubber Extender and Processing Oils and Other Petroleum-Derived Oils by the Clay-Gel Absorption Chromatographic Method

    D2425 Test Method for Hydrocarbon Types in Middle Distillates by Mass Spectrometry

    D2786 Test Method for Hydrocarbon Types Analysis of Gas-Oil Saturates Fractions by High Ionizing Voltage Mass Spectrometry

    D2887 Test Method for Boiling Range Distribution of Petroleum Fractions by Gas Chromatography

    D3239 Test Method for Aromatic Types Analysis of Gas-Oil Aromatic Fractions by High Ionizing Voltage Mass Spectrometry


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.080 (Petroleum products in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101500(Petroleum and distillates)


    DOI: 10.1520/D2549-02R12

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