ASTM D5143 - 06(2010)e1

    Standard Test Method for Analysis of Nitroaromatic and Nitramine Explosive in Soil by High Performance Liquid Chromatography

    Active Standard ASTM D5143 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.08


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    Significance and Use

    This test method can be used to make reliable and reproducible measurements in soil in the range from the detection level to the percent levels of each of seven explosive compounds.

    This test method does not attempt to quantify the reactivity or mobility of the explosive content, only the concentration of these compounds in the soil.

    This test method can be used to determine the extent of contamination resulting from the use, misuse, or spillage of explosive compounds. It is useful to determine the effectiveness of clean-up actions at disposal sites, and to determine the environmental impact at explosives disposal, manufacturing, or storage sites.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes a procedure for the laboratory determination of the concentration of nitroaromatic and nitramine explosives in soil. The explosives involved in this test method are as follows: HMX (octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine), RDX (hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitrol-1,3,5-triazine), TNT (2,4,6-trinitrotoluene), TNB (1,3,5 trinitrobenzene), DNB (1,3 dinitrobenzene), tetryl (methyl-2,4,6-trinitrophenylnitramine), and 2,4-DNT (2,4-dinitrotoluene).

    1.2 All observed and calculated values shall conform to the guidelines for significant digits and rounding established in Practice D6026

    1.2.1 The method used to specify how data are collected, calculated, or recorded in this standard is not directly related to the accuracy to which the data can be applied in design of other uses, or both. How one applies the results obtained using this standard is beyond its scope. (See Practice D3740)

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

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address the safety concerns 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

    C670 Practice for Preparing Precision and Bias Statements for Test Methods for Construction Materials

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction

    D6026 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Geotechnical Data

    E682 Practice for Liquid Chromatography Terms and Relationships


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.30 (Explosives. Pyrotechnics. Fireworks)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111501(Soil)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5143-06R10E01

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