ASTM D4625 - 04(2009)

    Standard Test Method for Distillate Fuel Storage Stability at 43°C (110°F)

    Active Standard ASTM D4625 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.02


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    Significance and Use

    Fuel oxidation and other degradative reactions leading to formation of sediment (and color) are mildly accelerated by the test conditions compared with typical storage conditions. Test results have been shown to predict storage stability more reliably than other more accelerated tests. See Appendix X1 for information on the correlation of test results with actual field storage.

    Because the storage periods are long (4 to 24 weeks), the test method is not suitable for quality control testing, but does provide a tool for research on storage properties of fuels.

    Because environmental effects and the materials and nature of tank construction affect storage stability, the results obtained by this test are not necessarily the same as those obtained during storage in a specific field storage situation.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a method for evaluating the inherent storage stability of distillate fuels having flash points above 38°C (100°F), by Test Methods D 93, and 90 % distilled points below 340°C (644°F), by Test Method D 86.

    Note 1—ASTM specification fuels falling within the scope of this test method are Specification D 396, Grade Nos. 1 and 2; Specification D 975, Grades 1-D and 2-D; and Specification D 2880, Grades 1-GT and 2-GT.

    1.2 This test method is not suitable for quality control testing but, rather it is intended for research use to shorten storage time relative to that required at ambient storage temperatures.

    1.3 Appendix X1 presents additional information about storage stability and the correlation of Test Method D 4625 results with sediment formation in actual field storage.

    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.


    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

    D86 Test Method for Distillation of Petroleum Products at Atmospheric Pressure

    D93 Test Methods for Flash Point by Pensky-Martens Closed Cup Tester

    D381 Test Method for Gum Content in Fuels by Jet Evaporation

    D396 Specification for Fuel Oils

    D975 Specification for Diesel Fuel Oils

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2880 Specification for Gas Turbine Fuel Oils

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D4177 Practice for Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.080 (Petroleum products in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101500(Petroleum and distillates)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4625-04R09

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