ASTM D3176 - 09

    Standard Practice for Ultimate Analysis of Coal and Coke

    Active Standard ASTM D3176 | Developed by Subcommittee: D05.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.06


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    Significance and Use

    Summarizing the ash content and the content of the organic constituents in a specific format under the heading, Ultimate Analysis, provides a convenient and uniform system for comparing coals or cokes. This tabulation used with that of Proximate Analysis (Practice D3172) permits cursory valuation of coals for use as fuel or in other carbonaceous processes and of cokes for metallurgical purpose.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the term ultimate analysis as it is applied to the analysis of coal and coke. The information derived is intended for the general utilization by applicable industries, to provide the basis for evaluation, beneficiation, or for other purposes.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    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.


    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

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

    D3172 Practice for Proximate Analysis of Coal and Coke

    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

    D3177 Test Methods for Total Sulfur in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke

    D3178 Test Methods for Carbon and Hydrogen in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke

    D3179 Test Methods for Nitrogen in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke

    D3302 Test Method for Total Moisture in Coal

    D4239 Test Method for Sulfur in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke Using High-Temperature Tube Furnace Combustion

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

    D4916 Practice for Mechanical Auger Sampling

    D5142 Test Methods for Proximate Analysis of the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke by Instrumental Procedures

    D5192 Practice for Collection of Coal Samples from Core

    D5373 Test Methods for Instrumental Determination of Carbon, Hydrogen, and Nitrogen in Laboratory Samples of Coal and Coke

    D6609 Guide for Part-Stream Sampling of Coal

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

    D7256/D7256M Practice for Mechanical Collection and Within-System Preparation of a Gross Sample of Coal from Moving Streams


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.10 (Solid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101601(Coal); 15101604(Coke)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3176-09

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