ASTM D7184 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Ultra Low Nitrogen in Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Oxidative Combustion and Reduced Pressure Chemiluminescence Detection

    Active Standard ASTM D7184 | Developed by Subcommittee: D16.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method is useful to detect and quantify nitrogen-containing compounds at a concentration of 0.03 to 1 mg N/kg in light aromatic hydrocarbons used or produced in manufacturing process. These nitrogen-containing compounds are undesirable in finished aromatic products and may be used in setting specification for determining the total nitrogen content in aromatic hydrocarbons.

    5.2 This test method requires the use of reduced pressure at the detector. Loss of vacuum or pressure fluctuations impact the sensitivity of the detector and the ability to determine nitrogen concentrations less than 1 mg N/kg.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of total nitrogen in aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, and xylene.

    1.2 This test method is applicable for samples containing nitrogen from 0.38 to 1.2 mg N/kg. For higher nitrogen concentrations refer to Test Method D6069 or D4629. With careful analytical technique, this method can be used to successfully analyze concentrations below the current scope (see Appendix X1).

    1.3 In determining the conformance of the test results using this method to applicable specifications; results shall be rounded off in accordance with the rounding-off method of Practice E29.

    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. For specific hazard statements, 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

    D3437 Practice for Sampling and Handling Liquid Cyclic Products

    D4629 Test Method for Trace Nitrogen in Liquid Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Syringe/Inlet Oxidative Combustion and Chemiluminescence Detection

    D6069 Test Method for Trace Nitrogen in Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Oxidative Combustion and Reduced Pressure Chemiluminescence Detection

    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

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.080.15 (Aromatic hydrocarbons)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352005(Aromatic or heterocyclic compounds)


    DOI: 10.1520/D7184

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