ASTM D5310 - 10(2014)

    Standard Test Method for Tar Acid Composition by Capillary Gas Chromatography

    Active Standard ASTM D5310 | Developed by Subcommittee: D16.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method is suitable for the general quantitative analysis of commercial tar acid mixtures. It may be used as a tool for quality control and specification purposes by producers and users.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the quantitative determination of phenol and certain homologues of phenol in tar acid and cresylic acid mixtures using capillary gas chromatography. It is a normalization test method that determines homolog distribution but is not an absolute assay since it does not account for water or other compounds not detected by a flame ionization detector.

    1.2 In determining the conformance of the test results using this method to applicable specifications, results shall be rounded off in accordance with the rounding-off method of Practice E29.

    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 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 hazard statements, see Section 8.


    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

    D3852 Practice for Sampling and Handling Phenol, Cresols, and Cresylic Acid

    D4790 Terminology of Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Related Chemicals

    D6809 Guide for Quality Control and Quality Assurance Procedures for Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Related Materials

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.080.40 (Organic acids)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352106(Organic acids or its substitutes)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5310-10R14

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