ASTM D3175 - 11

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

    Active Standard ASTM D3175 | Developed by Subcommittee: D05.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.06


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    Significance and Use

    Volatile matter, when determined as herein described, can be used to establish the rank of coals, to indicate coke yield on carbonization process, to provide the basis for purchasing and selling, or to establish burning characteristics.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method determines the percentage of gaseous products, exclusive of moisture vapor, in the analysis sample which are released under the specific conditions of the test.

    1.2 This test method for determination of volatile matter is empirical; because of its empirical nature, strict adherence to basic principals and permissible procedures is required to obtain valid results.

    1.3 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.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.


    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

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

    D2013 Practice for Preparing Coal Samples for Analysis

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.10 (Solid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101601(Coal); 15101604(Coke)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3175-11

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