ASTM D3861 - 91(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Quantity of Water-Extractable Matter in Membrane Filters

    Active Standard ASTM D3861 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.02


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    Significance and Use

    The presence of water-soluble extractables in membrane filters can create errors in test procedures employing membrane filters. However, these errors can be eliminated or significantly reduced if the quantity of water-soluble extractables of the specific membrane is previously determined. Certain membrane filter uses require specifications of maximum water-soluble extractable levels. This test method is intended to be a rapid test to determine the loss of water-soluble compounds such as plasticizers or wetting agents from filtration membranes. This test method is not designed to predetermine the performance of a filter, but is significant in determining the percent extractables of membranes from different sources and lot variations from a single source.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the gravimetric determination of the water-extractable material present in membrane filters and is applicable over the complete concentration range of extractables.

    1.2 The analyst should be aware that adequate collaborative data for precision and bias statements as required by Practice D2777 is not provided. See Section 11 for details.

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2777 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods of Committee D19 on Water


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.060.50 (Examination of water for chemical substances)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D3861-91R11

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