ASTM D4308 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Electrical Conductivity of Liquid Hydrocarbons by Precision Meter

    Active Standard ASTM D4308 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.J0.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The generation and dissipation of electrostatic charge in fuel due to handling depend largely on the ionic species present which may be characterized by the rest or equilibrium electrical conductivity. The time for static charge to dissipate is inversely related to conductivity. This test method can supplement Test Method D2624 which is limited to fuels containing static dissipator additive.

    Note 1For low-conductivity fluids below 1 pS/m in conductivity, an ac measurement technique is preferable to a dc test method for sensing the electrical conductivity of bulk fluid. This dc test method can be used at conductivities from 0.1 to 1 pS/m if precautions are observed in cell cleaning and sample handling. A waiting period of 15 min is required after filling the cell before measuring dc conductivities below 1 pS/m. A single-laboratory program was conducted comparing this test method with ac Test Methods D150.3

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers and applies to the determination of the “rest” electrical conductivity of aviation fuels and other similar low-conductivity hydrocarbon liquids in the range from 0.1 to 2000 pS/m (see 3.1.2). This test method can be used in the laboratory or in the field.

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

    1.3 WARNING—Mercury has been designated by many regulatory agencies as a hazardous material that can cause central nervous system, kidney and liver damage. Mercury, or its vapor, may be hazardous to health and corrosive to materials. Caution should be taken when handling mercury and mercury containing products. See the applicable product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for details and EPA’s website—http://www.epa.gov/mercury/faq.htm—for additional information. Users should be aware that selling mercury and/or mercury containing products into your state or country may be prohibited by law.

    1.4 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. For specific warning statements, see 7.1.1, 7.2, 8.3, and Annex A1.


    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

    D150 Test Methods for AC Loss Characteristics and Permittivity (Dielectric Constant) of Solid Electrical Insulation

    D2624 Test Methods for Electrical Conductivity of Aviation and Distillate Fuels

    D4306 Practice for Aviation Fuel Sample Containers for Tests Affected by Trace Contamination

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.080.01 (Organic chemicals in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101504(Aviation fuel)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D4308

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D4308-13, Standard Test Method for Electrical Conductivity of Liquid Hydrocarbons by Precision Meter, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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