ASTM D3328 - 06(2013)

    Standard Test Methods for Comparison of Waterborne Petroleum Oils by Gas Chromatography

    Active Standard ASTM D3328 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Identification of a recovered oil is determined by comparison with known oils, selected because of their possible relationship to the particular recovered oil. The known oils are collected from suspected sources. Samples of such known oils must be collected and submitted along with the unknown for analysis. At present, identification of the source of an unknown oil by itself cannot be made (for example, from a library of known oils).

    4.2 The use of a flame-photometric detector in addition to the flame-ionization detector provides a second, independent profile of the same oil, that is, significantly more information is available from a single analysis with dual detection.

    4.3 Many close similarities (within uncertainties of sampling and analysis) will be needed to establish identity beyond a reasonable doubt. The analyses described will distinguish many, but not all samples. For cases in which this method does not clearly identify a pair of samples, and for important cases where additional comparisons are needed to strengthen conclusions, other analyses will be required (refer to Practice D3415). In particular, Practice D5739 is useful for such cases.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the comparison of petroleum oils recovered from water or beaches with oils from suspect sources by means of gas chromatography (1, 2, 3).2 Such oils include distillate fuel, lubricating oil, and crude oil. The test method described is for capillary column analyses using either single detection (flame ionization) or dual detection (flame ionization and flame photometric) for sulfur containing species.

    1.2 This test method provides high resolution for critical examination of fine structure that is resistant to weathering. The flame-photometric detection for sulfur components is an adjunct, not a substitute, for flame-ionization detection in the identification of waterborne petroleum oils (4-12). For this reason, flame photometric detection is optional.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address 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

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2549 Test Method for Separation of Representative Aromatics and Nonaromatics Fractions of High-Boiling Oils by Elution Chromatography

    D3325 Practice for Preservation of Waterborne Oil Samples

    D3326 Practice for Preparation of Samples for Identification of Waterborne Oils

    D3415 Practice for Identification of Waterborne Oils

    D4489 Practices for Sampling of Waterborne Oils

    D5739 Practice for Oil Spill Source Identification by Gas Chromatography and Positive Ion Electron Impact Low Resolution Mass Spectrometry

    E355 Practice for Gas Chromatography Terms and Relationships


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.080 (Petroleum products in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D3328-06R13

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