ASTM D5817 - 03a(2014)

    Standard Practice for Carbon Black, Pelleted—Reduction, Blending, and Drying of Gross Samples for Testing

    Active Standard ASTM D5817 | Developed by Subcommittee: D24.61

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.01


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Several test methods for carbon black require the reduction in sample size or the blending of the test sample to reduce the variation of the measured characteristic. Other factors being equal, larger samples will tend to be more representative of the total supply. This practice provides procedures for reducing the large sample obtained from the bag and bulk sampling practices to a convenient size for conducting a number of tests to describe the material and measure its quality in such a manner that the smaller portion is most likely to be a representation of the bulk sample. Failure to follow the procedures in this practice could result in providing a nonrepresentative sample to be used in subsequent testing. Individual test methods provide for minimum amounts of material to be tested.

    4.2 Test Method A, Reduction of Sample Size, is typically used to obtain an aliquot from a large sample, splitting a black into two or more equal portions, or reducing a blended black from Test Method B to a specified sample size. The final sample is always smaller than the original sample and would not be considered to be a “well blended” sample.

    4.3 Test Method B, Blending of Carbon Black, is typically used to prepare a homogeneous sample. The homogeneous sample may be used for several tests (see Note 3) or may be reduced in size by Test Method A. The final sample size is the same as the original.

    4.4 When a sample is to be blended and reduced, the sample should be blended (Test Method B) before reduction (Test Method A). The blending and reduction must be done before the sample is dried (Test Method C).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes the procedure for blending of pelleted carbon black, the procedure for the reduction of gross samples of pelleted carbon black to the appropriate size for testing and the preparation of the sample for testing. These techniques are intended to minimize variations in measured characteristics between test samples. Standard terminology relating to carbon black samples is found in Terminology D3053.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D412 Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers--Tension

    D1506 Test Methods for Carbon Black--Ash Content

    D1508 Test Method for Carbon Black, Pelleted Fines and Attrition

    D1509 Test Methods for Carbon Black--Heating Loss

    D1510 Test Method for Carbon Black--Iodine Adsorption Number

    D1511 Test Method for Carbon Black--Pellet Size Distribution

    D1512 Test Methods for Carbon Black--pH Value

    D1513 Test Method for Carbon Black, Pelleted--Pour Density

    D1514 Test Method for Carbon Black--Sieve Residue

    D1618 Test Method for Carbon Black Extractables--Transmittance of Toluene Extract

    D1619 Test Methods for Carbon Black--Sulfur Content

    D1765 Classification System for Carbon Blacks Used in Rubber Products

    D1799 Practice for Carbon Black--Sampling Packaged Shipments

    D1900 Practice for Carbon Black--Sampling Bulk Shipments

    D2414 Test Method for Carbon Black--Oil Absorption Number (OAN)

    D3053 Terminology Relating to Carbon Black

    D3191 Test Methods for Carbon Black in SBR (Styrene-Butadiene Rubber)--Recipe and Evaluation Procedures

    D3192 Test Methods for Carbon Black Evaluation in NR (Natural Rubber)

    D3265 Test Method for Carbon Black--Tint Strength

    D3493 Test Method for Carbon Black--Oil Absorption Number of Compressed Sample (COAN)

    D5230 Test Method for Carbon Black--Automated Individual Pellet Hardness

    D6556 Test Method for Carbon Black--Total and External Surface Area by Nitrogen Adsorption


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.060.10 (Chemical elements)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12171603(Carbon black)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D5817-03AR14

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D5817-03a(2014), Standard Practice for Carbon Black, Pelleted—Reduction, Blending, and Drying of Gross Samples for Testing, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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