ASTM D5305 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Ethyl Mercaptan in LP-Gas Vapor

    Active Standard ASTM D5305 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.H0

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 LP-gas is colorless and odorless, and not detectable by normal human senses. To provide an olfactory warning in the event of a leak, LP-gas intended for domestic or commercial fuel use is intentionally odorized so as to be readily detectable well below flammable or suffocating concentration levels of LP-gas in air. (See Appendix X1.) The most common odorant for LP-gas is ethyl mercaptan. The field use of this test method will rapidly determine the presence and concentration of ethyl mercaptan in LP-gas vapor without the necessity for complex laboratory equipment.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a rapid and simple procedure using length of stain tubes for field measurement of ethyl mercaptan in the vapor phase of LP-gas systems. Although length-of-stain tubes are available to detect ethyl mercaptan concentrations in the range of 0.5 to 120 parts per million volume (ppmv), this test method is specifically applicable to systems containing 5 ppmv or more of ethyl mercaptan in LP-gas vapors.

    Note 1A chromatographic technique can be used for more precise, quantitative determination of ethyl mercaptan in LP-gas.

    1.2 The values stated in SI (metric) units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

    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.

    NFPA Standard

    NFPA58 Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.30 (Gaseous fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15111510(Liquified petroleum gas)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D5305-12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D5305-12, Standard Test Method for Determination of Ethyl Mercaptan in LP-Gas Vapor, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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