ASTM E256 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Chlorine in Organic Compounds by Sodium Peroxide Bomb Ignition

    Active Standard ASTM E256 | Developed by Subcommittee: E15.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.05


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    ASTM E256

    Significance and Use

    This test method may be used to determine the total chlorine content of unknown organic samples or to assay known chlorine containing organic compounds.

    This test method may be used on organic materials in which the complete conversion to chloride can be accomplished by sodium peroxide bomb ignition, and which contain no other halogens.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of chlorine in organic compounds by sodium peroxide bomb ignition. It is intended for application to samples of organic materials containing more than 0.5 % chlorine. The procedure assumes that compounds containing halogens other than chlorine will not be present.

    1.2 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. For specific safety precautions, see 6.5.2, Section 7, 8.3, and 8.9.

    1.3 Review the current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for detailed information concerning toxicity, first aid procedures, and safety precautions.

    Note 1—Other test methods based on oxygen bomb combustion for analysis for chlorine are described in Test Method D808, Test Method D2361, and Test Method D4208.

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


    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

    D808 Test Method for Chlorine in New and Used Petroleum Products (High Pressure Decomposition Device Method)

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2361 Test Method for Chlorine in Coal

    D4208 Test Method for Total Chlorine in Coal by the Oxygen Bomb Combustion/Ion Selective Electrode Method

    E180 Practice for Determining the Precision of ASTM Methods for Analysis and Testing of Industrial and Specialty Chemicals

    E200 Practice for Preparation, Standardization, and Storage of Standard and Reagent Solutions for Chemical Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.40 (Chemical analysis); 71.060.20 (Oxides)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352304(Inorganic peroxides)


    DOI: 10.1520/E0256-09

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