ASTM D4926 - 06(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Gamma Alumina Content in Catalysts Containing Silica and Alumina by X-ray Powder Diffraction

    Active Standard ASTM D4926 | Developed by Subcommittee: D32.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.05


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is for estimating the relative amount of gamma alumina in calcined catalyst samples, assuming that the X-ray powder diffraction peak occurring at about 67 °2θ is attributable to gamma alumina. Gamma alumina is defined as a transition alumina formed after heating in the range from 500 to 550°C, and may include forms described in the literature as eta, chi, and gamma aluminas. Delta alumina has a diffraction peak in the same region, but is formed above 850°C, a temperature to which most catalysts of this type are not heated. There are other possible components which may cause some interference, such as alpha-quartz and zeolite Y, as well as aluminum-containing spinels formed at elevated temperatures. If the presence of interfering material is suspected, the diffraction pattern should be examined in greater detail. More significant interference may be caused by the presence of large amounts of heavy metals or rare earths, which exhibit strong X-ray absorption and scattering. Comparisons between similar materials, therefore, may be more appropriate than those between widely varying materials.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of gamma alumina and related transition aluminas in catalysts containing silica and alumina by X-ray powder diffraction, using the diffracted intensity of the peak occurring at about 67 °2θ when copper Kα radiation is employed.

    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.


    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

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.30 (Chemical reagents)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D4926-06R11

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