ASTM D3230 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Salts in Crude Oil (Electrometric Method)

    Active Standard ASTM D3230 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method is used to determine the approximate chloride content of crude oils, a knowledge of which is important in deciding whether or not the crude oil needs desalting. The efficiency of the process desalter can also be evaluated.

    5.2 Excessive chloride left in the crude oil frequently results in higher corrosion rates in refining units and also has detrimental effects on catalysts used in these units.

    5.3 This test method provides a rapid and convenient means of determining the approximate content of chlorides in crude oil and is useful to crude oil processors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the approximate chloride (salts) concentration in crude oil. The range of concentration covered is 0 to 500 mg/kg or 0 to 150 lb/1000 bbl as chloride concentration/volume of crude oil.

    1.2 This test method measures conductivity in the crude oil due to the presence of common chlorides, such as sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Other conductive materials may also be present in the crude oil.

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

    1.3.1 Exception—Acceptable concentration units are g/m3 or PTB (lb/1000 bbl).

    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. For specific warning statements, see 7.3, 7.4, and 7.11.


    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

    D381 Test Method for Gum Content in Fuels by Jet Evaporation

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D4928 Test Method for Water in Crude Oils by Coulometric Karl Fischer Titration

    D5002 Test Method for Density and Relative Density of Crude Oils by Digital Density Analyzer


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.040 (Crude petroleum)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101508(Crude oil)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3230-13

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