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Significance and Use
5.1 The presence of impurities in ETBE product can have a deleterious effect upon the value of ETBE as a fuel additive. Oxygenate and olefin contents are of primary concern. This test method provides a knowledge of the composition of ETBE product. This is useful in the evaluation of process operations control, in the valuation of the product, and for regulatory purposes.
1.1 This test method covers the determination of the purity of ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) by gas chromatography. It also provides a procedure to measure impurities in ETBE such as C4 to C12 olefins, methyl, isopropyl and tert-butyl alcohols, methyl sec-butyl and methyl tert-amyl ethers, acetone, and methyl ethyl ketone.
1.3 Water cannot be determined by this test method and shall be measured by a procedure such as Test Method D6304 and the result used to normalize the chromatographic values.
1.6 The values stated in SI units of measurement are preferred and used throughout the standard. Alternate units, in common usage, are also provided to improve clarity and aid the user of this test methods.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D3700 Practice for Obtaining LPG Samples Using a Floating Piston Cylinder
D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
D4307 Practice for Preparation of Liquid Blends for Use as Analytical Standards
D4626 Practice for Calculation of Gas Chromatographic Response Factors
D6304 Test Method for Determination of Water in Petroleum Products, Lubricating Oils, and Additives by Coulometric Karl Fischer Titration
D7618 Specification for Ethyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (ETBE) for Blending with Aviation Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel
E355 Practice for Gas Chromatography Terms and Relationships
E594 Practice for Testing Flame Ionization Detectors Used in Gas or Supercritical Fluid Chromatography
ICS Number Code 71.080.60 (Alcohols. Ethers); 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)
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ASTM D7796-12, Standard Test Method for Analysis of Ethyl tert-Butyl Ether (ETBE) by Gas Chromatography, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top