ASTM D3237 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Lead in Gasoline by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

    Active Standard ASTM D3237 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.01


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method is used to ensure compliance of trace lead as required by federal regulation for lead-free gasoline (40 CFR part 80).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the total lead content of gasoline within the concentration range of 0.010 to 0.10 g of lead/U.S. gal (2.5 to 25 mg/L). This test method compensates for variations in gasoline composition and is independent of lead alkyl type.

    1.2 The values given in grams per U.S. gallon are to be regarded as the standard in the United States. Note that in other countries, other units can be preferred.

    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. For specific hazard statements, see 6.6 and 6.8.


    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

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1368 Test Method for Trace Concentrations of Lead in Primary Reference Fuels

    D2550 Method of Test for Water Separation Characteristics of Aviation Turbine Fuels

    D3116 Test Method for Trace Amounts of Lead in Gasoline

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D6299 Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance

    D6792 Practice for Quality System in Petroleum Products and Lubricants Testing Laboratories

    D7740 Practice for Optimization, Calibration, and Validation of Atomic Absorption Spectrometry for Metal Analysis of Petroleum Products and Lubricants


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101506(Gasoline or Petrol)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3237-12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3237-12, Standard Test Method for Lead in Gasoline by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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