ASTM D5800 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Evaporation Loss of Lubricating Oils by the Noack Method

    Active Standard ASTM D5800 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.02


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    ASTM D5800

    Significance and Use

    The evaporation loss is of particular importance in engine lubrication. Where high temperatures occur, portions of an oil can evaporate.

    Evaporation may contribute to oil consumption in an engine and can lead to a change in the properties of an oil.

    Many engine manufacturers specify a maximum allowable evaporation loss.

    Some engine manufacturers, when specifying a maximum allowable evaporation loss, quote this test method along with the specifications.

    Procedure C, using the Selby-Noack apparatus, also permits collection of the volatile oil vapors for determination of their physical and chemical properties. Elemental analysis of the collected volatiles may be helpful in identifying components such as phosphorous, which has been linked to premature degradation of the emission system catalyst.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers three procedures for determining the evaporation loss of lubricating oils (particularly engine oils). Procedure A uses the Noack evaporative tester equipment; Procedure B uses the automated non-Woods metal Noack evaporative apparatus; and Procedure C uses Selby-Noack volatility test equipment. The test method relates to one set of operating conditions but may be readily adapted to other conditions when required.

    1.2 Noack results determined using Procedures A and B show consistent differences. Procedure A gives slightly lower results versus Procedure B on formulated engine oils, while Procedure A gives higher results versus Procedure B on basestocks.

    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.


    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

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D4177 Practice for Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D6299 Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance

    D6300 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants

    DIN Standards

    DIN12785 Specifications for Glass Thermometers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.100 (Lubricants, industrial oils and related products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15120000(Lubricants and oils and greases and anticorrosives)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5800-10

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