ASTM D7212 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Low Sulfur in Automotive Fuels by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Using a Low-Background Proportional Counter

    Active Standard ASTM D7212 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method determines total sulfur in automotive fuels with a typical analysis time around 10 min per sample.

    5.2 The quality of automotive fuel is related to the amount of sulfur present. Knowledge of sulfur level is necessary for processing purposes.

    5.3 Sulfur level in automotive fuels affects performance characteristics and air quality. Federal, state, and local agencies regulate the level of sulfur in fuel delivered at the pump.

    5.4 This test method can be referenced in specification documents to determine if the material meets the desired sulfur content.

    5.5 If this test method is applied to petroleum matrices with significantly different composition to those used in the interlaboratory precision study, then the caution and recommendations in Section 6 should be observed when interpreting the results.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method specifies an energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) method for the determination of the total sulfur content of automotive fuels with a concentration range from 7 mg/kg to 50 mg/kg.

    1.1.1 The pooled limit of quantitation of this test method as obtained by statistical analysis of interlaboratory test results is 7 mg/kg sulfur.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The preferred concentration units are mg/kg sulfur.

    1.3 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

    D4045 Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products by Hydrogenolysis and Rateometric Colorimetry

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D4177 Practice for Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D6299 Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance

    D6300 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants

    D6792 Practice for Quality System in Petroleum Products and Lubricants Testing Laboratories

    D7343 Practice for Optimization, Sample Handling, Calibration, and Validation of X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Methods for Elemental Analysis of Petroleum Products and Lubricants

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101506(Gasoline or Petrol)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D7212

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D7212-13, Standard Test Method for Low Sulfur in Automotive Fuels by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Using a Low-Background Proportional Counter, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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