ASTM D3516 - 89(2011)

    Standard Test Methods for Ashing Cellulose

    Active Standard ASTM D3516 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.36

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.03


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    Significance and Use

    Ash content gives an estimation of the inorganic content of cellulose samples. The presence of high levels of ash can be expected to be detrimental to the process of making cellulose derivatives. It also provides a rough estimate of silica content which can have a significant effect on the performance of filters in cellulose derivative manufacturing facilities.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover four ashing methods for cellulose. These are intended for use on unbleached and bleached cellulose in sheeted or bulk fiber form. Each one of the test methods has advantages, so that preference applications exist for all four.


    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

    D1348 Test Methods for Moisture in Cellulose


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 85.040 (Pulps)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352200(Biochemicals)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3516-89R11

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