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Significance and Use
5.1 The determination of the carbon number distribution of petroleum waxes and the normal and non-normal hydrocarbons in each can be used for control of production processes as well as a guide to performance in many end uses.
1.1 This test method covers the quantitative determination of the carbon number distribution of petroleum waxes in the range from n-C17 through n-C 44 by gas chromatography using internal standardization. In addition, the content of normal and non-normal hydrocarbons for each carbon number is also determined. Material with a carbon number above n -C44 is determined by its difference from 100 mass % and reported as C45+.
1.2 This test method is applicable to petroleum derived waxes, including blends of waxes. This test method is not applicable to oxygenated waxes, such as synthetic polyethylene glycols (for example, Carbowax2), or natural products such as beeswax or carnauba.
1.3 This test method is not directly applicable to waxes with oil content greater than 10 % as determined by Test Method D721.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D721 Test Method for Oil Content of Petroleum Waxes
D4307 Practice for Preparation of Liquid Blends for Use as Analytical Standards
D4626 Practice for Calculation of Gas Chromatographic Response Factors
E260 Practice for Packed Column Gas Chromatography
E355 Practice for Gas Chromatography Terms and Relationships
ICS Number Code 75.140 (Waxes, bituminous materials and other petroleum products)
UNSPSC Code 12181500(Waxes)
ASTM D5442-93(2013), Standard Test Method for Analysis of Petroleum Waxes by Gas Chromatography, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top