ASTM D5368 - 13

    Standard Test Methods for Gravimetric Determination of Total Solvent Extractable Content (TSEC) of Solid Waste Samples

    Active Standard ASTM D5368 | Developed by Subcommittee: D34.01.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.04

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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The TSEC provides a quantitative measure of the total solvent extractable organic content of the solid waste in question. Based upon the TSEC, the extract may be analyzed or further processed (that is, further cleanup or solvent concentration) in preparation for analysis. Thus, the TSEC provides a quantitative measure for optimizing the extractable organic concentration prior to chemical analysis.

    5.2 The TSEC of soil or waste material may be used as a quantitative measure for the screening and selection of samples for chemical analysis.

    5.3 The TSEC may be useful as a simple and relatively inexpensive quantitative indicator of changes occurring in the total extractable organic content of soil or waste materials.

    5.4 The detection limit of the TSEC depends upon the specific procedures employed. Typical detection limits in solvent extracts (that is, without solvent pre-concentration) for Method A are more than 1000 μg/g. For Method B typical detection limits are 20 to 100 μg/g in the solvent extract. For Method C the typical detection limits are 3 to 20 μg/g for solutes in the solvent extract.

    5.5 The sensitivity of the methods can be adjusted by varying the volume of solvent extract prior to gravimetric residue determination.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods describe standard procedures for gravimetrically determining the total nonvolatile and semi-volatile organic content of solvent extracts from soils or solid wastes. The following methods are included:



       Method A—Micro-Determination of TSEC


       Method B—Evaporating Dish Procedure


       Method C—Boiling Flask Procedure


    1.2 These methods are used after a solvent extract is obtained from a soil or solid waste. For these methods to be applicable, the extraction solvent must have a boiling point less than that of water at ambient pressure.

    1.3 The total solvent extractable content (TSEC) of a soil, sediment, sludge, or solid waste depends upon the solvent and method used for the extraction procedure.

    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

    D2109 Test Methods for Nonvolatile Matter in Halogenated Organic Solvents and Their Admixtures

    D2910 Method for Removal of Organic Matter from Water by Activated Carbon Absorption

    D3086 Test Method for Organochlorine Pesticides in Water

    D3445 Method of Test for Nonvolatile Matter in Trichlorotrifluoroethane

    D3694 Practices for Preparation of Sample Containers and for Preservation of Organic Constituents

    D4281 Test Method for Oil and Grease (Fluorocarbon Extractable Substances) by Gravimetric Determination

    D5369 Practice for Extraction of Solid Waste Samples for Chemical Analysis Using Soxhlet Extraction

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.030.10 (Solid wastes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11141608(Hazardous waste or scrap); 41113808(Gravimeters)

    DOI: 10.1520/D5368-13

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