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Significance and Use
4.1 A knowledge of the sediment content of crude oils and fuel oils is important both to the operation of refining and the buying or selling of these commodities.
1.1 This test method covers the determination of sediment in crude oils and fuel oils by extraction with toluene. The precision applies to a range of sediment levels from 0.01 to 0.40 % mass, although higher levels may be determined.
Note 1: Precision on recycled oils and crankcase oils is unknown and additional testing is required to determine that precision.
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 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 and .
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D5854 Practice for Mixing and Handling of Liquid Samples of Petroleum and Petroleum Products (API MPMS Chapter 8.3)
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
ICS Number Code 75.040 (Crude petroleum); 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)
UNSPSC Code 15101508(Crude oil); 15101700(Fuel Oils)
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ASTM D473-07(2012)e1, Standard Test Method for Sediment in Crude Oils and Fuel Oils by the Extraction Method, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top