ASTM D5919 - 96(2011)

    Standard Practice for Determination of Adsorptive Capacity of Activated Carbon by a Micro-Isotherm Technique for Adsorbates at ppb Concentrations

    Active Standard ASTM D5919 | Developed by Subcommittee: D28.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.01


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    Significance and Use

    This practice allows the adsorption capacity at equilibrium of an activated carbon for adsorbable constituents present in water to be determined. The Freundlich K and 1/n constants that can be calculated based upon information collected using this practice can be used to estimate carbon loading capacities and usages rates for the constituent present in a water stream at other concentrations.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the assessment of activated carbon for the removal of low concentrations of adsorbable constituents from water and wastewater using the bottle point isotherm technique. It can be used to characterize the adsorptive properties of virgin and reactivated activated carbons.

    1.2 This practice can be used in systems with constituent concentrations in the low milligrams per litre or micrograms per litre concentration ranges.

    1.3 This practice can be used to determine the adsorptive capacity of and Freundlich constants for volatile organic compounds provided the handling procedures described in this practice are followed carefully.

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

    1.5 The following safety caveat applies to the procedure section of this practice: 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

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2652 Terminology Relating to Activated Carbon

    D2867 Test Methods for Moisture in Activated Carbon

    D3370 Practices for Sampling Water from Closed Conduits


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.030.40 (Installations and equipment for waste disposal and treatment); 13.060.30 (Sewage water)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11101522(Activated carbon)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5919-96R11

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