ASTM D7901 - 14a

    Standard Specification for Dimethyl Ether for Fuel Purposes

    Active Standard ASTM D7901 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.H0

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.04


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers dimethyl ether (DME) for use as a fuel in engines specifically designed or modified for DME and for blending with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This specification is for use by manufacturers of dimethyl ether, by engine developers of purpose-built engines, in contracts for the purchase of DME for fuel purposes, and for the guidance of consumers of this type of fuel.

    Note 1: The generation and dissipation of static electricity can create problems in the handling of DME. For more information on the subject, see Guide D4865.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. Units in parentheses are for information only.

    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

    D1265 Practice for Sampling Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gases, Manual Method

    D1267 Test Method for Gage Vapor Pressure of Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gases (LP-Gas Method)

    D1838 Test Method for Copper Strip Corrosion by Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gases

    D2158 Test Method for Residues in Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gases

    D2163 Test Method for Determination of Hydrocarbons in Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gases and Propane/Propene Mixtures by Gas Chromatography

    D3700 Practice for Obtaining LPG Samples Using a Floating Piston Cylinder

    D4865 Guide for Generation and Dissipation of Static Electricity in Petroleum Fuel Systems

    D6667 Test Method for Determination of Total Volatile Sulfur in Gaseous Hydrocarbons and Liquefied Petroleum Gases by Ultraviolet Fluorescence

    D6897 Test Method for Vapor Pressure of Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) (Expansion Method)

    D7756 Test Method for Residues in Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gases by Gas Chromatography with Liquid, On-Column Injection

    D7828 Test Method for Determination of Residue Composition in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Using Automated Thermal Desorption/Gas Chromatography (ATD/GC)

    Other Documents

    ISO17197 Dimethyl ether (DME) for fuels--Determination of water content--Karl Fischer titration method Available from International Organization for Standardization (ISO), 1, ch. de la Voie-Creuse, CP 56, CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, http://www.iso.org.

    ISO/DIS17196 Dimethyl ether (DME) for fuels--Determination of impurities--Gas chromatographic method

    NFPA77 Recommended Practice on Static Electricity Available from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471, http://www.nfpa.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.080.60 (Alcohols. Ethers); 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352112(Ethers or its substitutes); 15111510(Liquified petroleum gas)


    DOI: 10.1520/D7901-14A

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