ASTM D3545 - 06(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Alcohol Content and Purity of Acetate Esters by Gas Chromatography

    Active Standard ASTM D3545 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.35

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.04


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method is useful for identifying and for determining the quantity of various impurities in acetate esters.

    4.2 Total purity of the acetate esters must be determined by use of other appropriate ASTM procedures with this test method.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination by gas chromatography of the ester content and the corresponding alcohol content of acetate esters. This test method has been applied to ethyl, n-propyl, isopropyl, n-butyl, isobutyl, and 2-ethoxyethyl acetates.

    1.2 Water, and in some cases acetic acid, cannot be determined by this test method and must be measured by other appropriate ASTM procedures and the results used to normalize the chromatographic value.

    1.3 For purposes of determining conformance of an observed or a calculated value using this test method to relevant specifications, test result(s) shall be rounded off “to the nearest unit” in the last right-hand digit used in expressing the specification limit, in accordance with the rounding-off method of Practice E29.

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

    1.5 For specific hazard information and guidance, see the supplier's Material Safety Data Sheet for material listed in this specification.

    1.6 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

    D1364 Test Method for Water in Volatile Solvents (Karl Fischer Reagent Titration Method)

    D1613 Test Method for Acidity in Volatile Solvents and Chemical Intermediates Used in Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Products

    D2593 Test Method for Butadiene Purity and Hydrocarbon Impurities by Gas Chromatography

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    E180 Practice for Determining the Precision of ASTM Methods for Analysis and Testing of Industrial and Specialty Chemicals

    E260 Practice for Packed Column Gas Chromatography


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.060.30 (Solvents)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352108(Esters or its substitutes)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3545-06R12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3545-06(2012), Standard Test Method for Alcohol Content and Purity of Acetate Esters by Gas Chromatography, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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