ASTM D3683 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Trace Elements in Coal and Coke Ash by Atomic Absorption

    Active Standard ASTM D3683 | Developed by Subcommittee: D05.29

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.06


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    Significance and Use

    Many trace elements occur in coal, primarily as a part of the mineral matter but may also be associated with the organic matrix. Concern over release of certain trace elements to the environment as a result of coal utilization has made the determination of these elements an increasingly important aspect of coal analysis.

    When coal ash is prepared in accordance with this test method, the eight elements listed in 1.1 are quantitatively retained in the ash and are representative of concentrations in the coal. Concentrations of these and other elements in power plant ash, industrial process ash, fly ash, and so forth, may or may not be representative of total quantities in the coal.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes a procedure for the determination of beryllium, chromium, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, vanadium, and zinc in coal ash or coke ash.

    1.2 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.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units () should be regarded as the standard.


    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

    D121 Terminology of Coal and Coke

    D346 Practice for Collection and Preparation of Coke Samples for Laboratory Analysis

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2013 Practice for Preparing Coal Samples for Analysis

    D3173 Test Method for Moisture in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke

    D3180 Practice for Calculating Coal and Coke Analyses from As-Determined to Different Bases

    D7582 Test Methods for Proximate Analysis of Coal and Coke by Macro Thermogravimetric Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.10 (Solid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101601(Coal); 15101604(Coke)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3683-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3683-11, Standard Test Method for Trace Elements in Coal and Coke Ash by Atomic Absorption, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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