ASTM D3172 - 13

    Standard Practice for Proximate Analysis of Coal and Coke

    Active Standard ASTM D3172 | Developed by Subcommittee: D05.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.06


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Test methods, as herein described, can be used to establish the rank of coals, show the ratio of combustible to incombustible constituents, provide the basis for buying and selling, and evaluate for beneficiation or for other purposes.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the determination of moisture, volatile matter, and ash and the calculation of fixed carbon on coals and cokes sampled and prepared by prescribed methods and analyzed according to ASTM established procedures.

    1.2 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

    D121 Terminology of Coal and Coke

    D346 Practice for Collection and Preparation of Coke Samples for Laboratory Analysis

    D388 Classification of Coals by Rank

    D2013/D2013M Practice for Preparing Coal Samples for Analysis

    D2234/D2234M Practice for Collection of a Gross Sample of Coal

    D3173 Test Method for Moisture in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke

    D3174 Test Method for Ash in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke from Coal

    D3175 Test Method for Volatile Matter in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke

    D4596 Practice for Collection of Channel Samples of Coal in a Mine

    D5192 Practice for Collection of Coal Samples from Core

    D6609 Guide for Part-Stream Sampling of Coal

    D6883 Practice for Manual Sampling of Stationary Coal from Railroad Cars, Barges, Trucks, or Stockpiles

    D7430 Practice for Mechanical Sampling of Coal

    D7582 Test Methods for Proximate Analysis of Coal and Coke by Macro Thermogravimetric Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.10 (Solid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101601(Coal); 15101604(Coke)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3172

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