This test method establishes the standard procedure for determining the surface areas of catalyst and catalyst carriers that have Type II or IV nitrogen adsorption isotherms, and specified minimum area. A volumetric measuring system is used to obtain at least four data points which fit on the linear BET line. The surface area of a catalyst or catalyst carrier is determined by measuring the volume of nitrogen gas adsorbed at various low-pressure levels by the catalyst sample. Pressure differentials caused by introducing the catalyst surface area to a fixed volume of nitrogen in the test apparatus are measured and used to calculate BET surface area.
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1.1 This test method covers the determination of surface areas of catalyst and catalyst carriers that have Type II or IV nitrogen adsorption isotherms, and at least 1 m2/g of area. A volumetric measuring system is used to obtain at least four data points which fit on the linear BET line.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
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.
D3766 Terminology Relating to Catalysts and Catalysis
E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods
E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
catalyst; nitrogen adsorption; surface area; Catalysts/catalyst carriers; Nitrogen adsorption; Surface analysis--catalysts
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