Significance and Use
Residual fuel oils can contain H2S in the liquid phase and this can result in hazardous vapor phase levels of H2S in storage tank headspaces. The vapor phase levels can vary significantly according to the headspace volume, fuel temperature and agitation. Measurement of H2S levels in the liquid phase provides a useful indication of the residual fuel oil’s propensity to form high vapor phase levels, and lower levels in the residual fuel oil will directly reduce risk of H2S exposure. It is critical however that anyone involved in handling fuel oil, such as vessel owners and operators, continue to maintain appropriate safety practices designed to protect the crew, tank farm operators and others who can be exposed to H2S.
5.1.1 The measurement of H2S in the liquid phase is appropriate for product quality control, whilst the measurement of H2S in the vapor phase is appropriate for health and safety purposes.
This test method was developed so refiners, fuel terminal operators and independent testing laboratory personnel can rapidly and precisely measure the amount of H2S in the liquid phase of residual fuel oils.
Note 2—Test Method D7621 is one of three test methods for quantitatively measuring H2S in residual fuels. Test Method D5705 is a simple field test method for determining H2S levels in the vapor phase. Test Method D6021 is an analytical test method to determine H2S levels in the liquid phase.
H2S concentrations in the liquid and vapor phase attempt to reach equilibrium in a static system. However this equilibrium and the related liquid and vapor concentrations can vary greatly depending on temperature and the chemical composition of the liquid phase. A concentration of 1 mg/kg(μg/g) (ppmw) of H2S in the liquid phase of a residual fuel can typically generate an actual gas concentration of >50 to 100 μL/L (ppmv) of H2S in the vapor phase but the equilibrium of the vapor phase is disrupted the moment a vent or access point is opened to collect a sample.
Note 3—Because of the reactivity, absorptivity and volatility of H2S, any measurement method only provides an H2S concentration at a given moment in time.
1.1 This test method covers a procedure for the determination of the hydrogen sulfide (H2S) content of fuel oils such as marine residual fuels and blend stocks, in the range 0.40 to 15.0 mg/kg as measured in the liquid phase.
1.2 This test method is applicable for materials with a viscosity up to 3000 mm2s-1 at 50°C.
Note 1—ASTM specification fuels falling within the scope of this test method are: Specification D396 Grade Nos 5 (light), 5 (heavy) and 6.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.4 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.
D396 Specification for Fuel Oils
D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
D5705 Test Method for Measurement of Hydrogen Sulfide in the Vapor Phase Above Residual Fuel Oils
D6021 Test Method for Measurement of Total Hydrogen Sulfide in Residual Fuels by Multiple Headspace Extraction and Sulfur Specific Detection
D6300 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants
ISO4259 Petroleum Products-Determination and Application of Precision Data in Relation to Methods of Test
Energy Institute Standards
IP570 Test Method for Determination of Hydrogen Sulfide in Fuel Oils-Rapid Liquid Phase Extraction Method
blend stocks; bunkers; H2S; hydrogen sulfide; liquid phase; marine; residual fuel oil;
ICS Number Code 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)
ASTM International is a member of CrossRef.
Citing ASTM Standards
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