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    ASTM D3246 - 15

    Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Gas by Oxidative Microcoulometry

    Active Standard ASTM D3246 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.01


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Trace quantities of sulfur compounds in hydrocarbon products can be harmful to many catalytic chemical processes in which these products are used. Maximum permissible levels of total sulfur are normally included in specifications for such hydrocarbons. It is recommended that this test method be used to provide a basis for agreement between two laboratories when the determination of sulfur in hydrocarbon gases is important.

    4.2 On liquefied petroleum gas, total volatile sulfur is measured on an injected gas sample. For such material a liquid sample must be used to measure total sulfur.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers determination of sulfur in the range from 1.5 to 100 mg/kg (ppm by mass) by weight in hydrocarbon products that are gaseous at normal room temperature and pressure.

    Note 1: The test method has been tested cooperatively only on high-purity ethylene gas. Precision data have not been developed for other products.

    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

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1265 Practice for Sampling Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gases, Manual Method

    D3120 Test Method for Trace Quantities of Sulfur in Light Liquid Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Oxidative Microcoulometry


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.060 (Natural gas)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15111500(Gaseous fuels)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3246-15

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3246-15, Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Gas by Oxidative Microcoulometry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.org

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