Active Standard ASTM D4539 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.07
Book of Standards Volume: 05.02
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Significance and Use
The Low Temperature Flow Test results are indicative of the low temperature flow performance of the test fuel in some diesel vehicles (according to CRC Report No. 528). The test method is especially useful for the evaluation of fuels containing flow improver additives.
1.1 This test method covers estimating the filterability of diesel fuels in some automotive equipment at low temperatures.
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 EPA and many state 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 or mercury-containing products, or both, in your state may be prohibited by state 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 1.3, 8.1, 8.2.1, 8.3, 8.5, 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.
D97 Test Method for Pour Point of Petroleum Products
D975 Specification for Diesel Fuel Oils
D1655 Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels
D2500 Test Method for Cloud Point of Petroleum Products
D3117 Test Method for Wax Appearance Point of Distillate Fuels
D3699 Specification for Kerosine
D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
D4177 Practice for Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers
Canadian General Standards BoardCAN/CGSB-3.0, No. 14.01-M86, Low Temperature Flow Test (LTFT) for Diesel Fuels Available from CGSB Sales Centre, Ottawa, Canada K1A 1G6.
ICS Number Code 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)