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Significance and Use
5.1 Determination of the color of petroleum products is used mainly for manufacturing control purposes and is an important quality characteristic because color is readily observed by the user of the product. In some cases the color may serve as an indication of the degree of refinement of the material. When the color range of a particular product is known, a variation outside the established range may indicate possible contamination with another product. However, color is not always a reliable guide to product quality and should not be used indiscriminately in product specifications.
1.1 This test method covers the automatic determination of color of a wide variety of petroleum products such as undyed motor and aviation gasoline, aviation turbine fuels, naphthas, kerosine, pharmaceutical white oils, diesel fuel oils, heating oils, and lubricating oils by the automatic tristimulus method. This test method correlates to Test Method D156 and Test Method D1500 as calculated by the instrumentation.
1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D156 Test Method for Saybolt Color of Petroleum Products (Saybolt Chromometer Method)
D1500 Test Method for ASTM Color of Petroleum Products (ASTM Color Scale)
D2500 Test Method for Cloud Point of Petroleum Products
D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
E284 Terminology of Appearance
E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System
Energy Institute StandardIP17 Determination of Colour--Lovibond Tintometer Methods for Analysis Testing, available from Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish St., London, WIG 7AR, U.K.
ICS Number Code 75.080 (Petroleum products in general)
UNSPSC Code 15101500(Petroleum and distillates)
ASTM D6045-12, Standard Test Method for Color of Petroleum Products by the Automatic Tristimulus Method, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top