ASTM D5917 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Trace Impurities in Monocyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Gas Chromatography and External Calibration

    Active Standard ASTM D5917 | Developed by Subcommittee: D16.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Determining the type and amount of hydrocarbon impurities remaining from the manufacture of toluene, mixed xylenes, and p-xylenes used as chemical intermediates and solvents is often required. This test method is suitable for setting specifications and for use as an internal quality control tool where these products are produced or are used. Typical impurities are: alkanes containing 1 to 10 carbons atoms, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene (EB), xylenes, and aromatic hydrocarbons containing nine carbon atoms.

    5.2 Purity is commonly reported by subtracting the determined expected impurities from 100.00. However, a gas chromatographic analysis cannot determine absolute purity if unknown or undetected components are contained within the material being examined.

    5.3 This test method is similar to Test Method D2360, however, interlaboratory testing has indicated a bias may exist between the two methods. Therefore the user is cautioned that the two methods may not give comparable results.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the total nonaromatic hydrocarbons and trace monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in toluene, mixed xylenes, and p-xylene by gas chromatography. The purity of toluene, mixed xylenes, or p-xylene can also be calculated. Calibration of the gas chromatographic system is done by the external standard calibration technique. A similar test method, using the internal standard calibration technique, is Test Method D2360.

    1.2 Total aliphatic hydrocarbons containing 1 through 10 carbon atoms (methane through decanes) can be detected by this test method at concentrations ranging from 0.001 to 2.500 weight %.

    1.2.1 A small amount of benzene in mixed xylenes or p-xylenes may not be distinguished from the nonaromatics and the concentrations are determined as a composite (see 6.1).

    1.3 Monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbon impurities containing 6 through 10 carbon atoms (benzene through C 10 aromatics) can be detected by this test method at individual concentrations ranging from 0.001 to 1.000 weight %.

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

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 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 statement, see Section 9.


    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

    D841 Specification for Nitration Grade Toluene

    D2360 Test Method for Trace Impurities in Monocyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Gas Chromatography

    D3437 Practice for Sampling and Handling Liquid Cyclic Products

    D4052 Test Method for Density, Relative Density, and API Gravity of Liquids by Digital Density Meter

    D4307 Practice for Preparation of Liquid Blends for Use as Analytical Standards

    D4790 Terminology of Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Related Chemicals

    D5136 Specification for High Purity p-Xylene

    D5211 Specification for Xylenes for p-Xylene Feedstock

    D6526 Test Method for Analysis of Toluene by Capillary Column Gas Chromatography

    D6563 Test Method for Benzene, Toluene, Xylene (BTX) Concentrates Analysis by Gas Chromatography

    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

    E260 Practice for Packed Column Gas Chromatography

    E355 Practice for Gas Chromatography Terms and Relationships

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E1510 Practice for Installing Fused Silica Open Tubular Capillary Columns in Gas Chromatographs


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis); 71.080.15 (Aromatic hydrocarbons)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352005(Aromatic or heterocyclic compounds)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D5917-12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D5917-12, Standard Test Method for Trace Impurities in Monocyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Gas Chromatography and External Calibration, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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