ASTM E2403 - 06(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Sulfated Ash of Organic Materials by Thermogravimetry

    Active Standard ASTM E2403 | Developed by Subcommittee: E37.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The sulfated ash may be used to indicate the level of known metal-containing additives or impurities in an organic material. When phosphorus is absent, barium, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium are converted to their sulfates. Tin and zinc are converted to their oxides.

    5.2 This standard may be used for research and development, specification acceptance and quality assurance purposes.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This standard describes the determination of sulfated ash content (sometimes called residue-on-ignition) of organic materials by thermogravimetry. The method converts common metals found in organic materials (such as sodium, potassium, lithium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and tin) into their sulfate salts permitting estimation of their total content as sulfates or oxides. The range of the test method is from 0.1 to 100  % metal content.

    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 to 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.

    Other Standards

    TheUnitedStatesPharm and The National Formulary XVII, United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Rockville, MD, 1990, Section 281, p. 1527

    ASTM Standards

    D874 Test Method for Sulfated Ash from Lubricating Oils and Additives

    D914 Test Methods for Ethylcellulose

    D3516 Test Methods for Ashing Cellulose

    E473 Terminology Relating to Thermal Analysis and Rheology

    E1131 Test Method for Compositional Analysis by Thermogravimetry

    E1142 Terminology Relating to Thermophysical Properties

    E1582 Practice for Calibration of Temperature Scale for Thermogravimetry

    E2040 Test Method for Mass Scale Calibration of Thermogravimetric Analyzers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.40 (Chemical analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E2403-06R12

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