ASTM E1642 - 00(2010)

    Standard Practice for General Techniques of Gas Chromatography Infrared (GC/IR) Analysis

    Active Standard ASTM E1642 | Developed by Subcommittee: E13.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.06


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    Significance and Use

    This practice provides general guidelines for the proper practice of gas chromatography coupled with infrared spectrophotometric detection and analysis (GC/IR). This practice assumes that the chromatography involved in the practice is adequate to separate the compounds of interest. It is not the intention of this practice to instruct the user how to perform gas chromatography properly.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers techniques that are of general use in analyzing qualitatively multicomponent samples by using a combination of gas chromatography (GC) and infrared (IR) spectrophotometric techniques. The mixture is separated into its individual components by GC and then these individual components are analyzed by IR spectroscopy. Types of GC-IR techniques discussed include eluent trapping, flowcell, and eluite deposition.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    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

    E131 Terminology Relating to Molecular Spectroscopy

    E168 Practices for General Techniques of Infrared Quantitative Analysis

    E260 Practice for Packed Column Gas Chromatography

    E334 Practice for General Techniques of Infrared Microanalysis

    E355 Practice for Gas Chromatography Terms and Relationships

    E932 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Dispersive Infrared Spectrometers

    E1252 Practice for General Techniques for Obtaining Infrared Spectra for Qualitative Analysis

    E1421 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Fourier Transform Mid-Infrared (FT-MIR) Spectrometers: Level Zero and Level One Tests

    E1510 Practice for Installing Fused Silica Open Tubular Capillary Columns in Gas Chromatographs


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1642-00R10

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