ASTM D6376 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Trace Metals in Petroleum Coke by Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy

    Active Standard ASTM D6376 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.03


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    Significance and Use

    The presence and concentration of sulfur and various metallic elements in a petroleum coke are major factors determining the suitability of a coke for various purposes. This test method provides rapid means for measuring sulfur and commercially important metallic elements in coke samples.

    This test method provides a guide for determining conformance to material specifications for use by buyers and sellers in a commercial transfer of petroleum coke.

    Sulfur contents can be used to evaluate the potential formation of sulfur oxides (SOx), a source of atmospheric pollution.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the X-ray fluorescence spectrometric determination of total sulfur and trace metals in samples of raw or calcined petroleum coke. Elements determined using this test method are listed in Table 1.

    1.2 Detection limits, sensitivity, and optimal element ranges will vary with matrices, spectrometer type, analyzing crystal, and other instrument conditions and parameters.

    1.3 All analytes are determined as the element and reported as such. These include all elements listed in Table 1. This test method may be applicable to additional elements or concentration ranges if sufficient standards are available to produce proper calibration equations.

    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 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

    D346 Practice for Collection and Preparation of Coke Samples for Laboratory Analysis

    D1552 Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (High-Temperature Method)

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D5056 Test Method for Trace Metals in Petroleum Coke by Atomic Absorption

    D5600 Test Method for Trace Metals in Petroleum Coke by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES)

    D6969 Practice for Preparation of Calcined Petroleum Coke Samples for Analysis

    D6970 Practice for Collection of Calcined Petroleum Coke Samples for Analysis

    E11 Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.10 (Solid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101604(Coke)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6376-10

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