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    ASTM E346 - 08e1

    Standard Test Methods for Analysis of Methanol

    Active Standard ASTM E346 | Developed by Subcommittee: E15.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.05

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    Significance and Use

    3.1 These test methods are suitable for manufacturing control and for determining compliance with specification limits for the properties designated by the test methods. For those test methods that use the procedure given in other ASTM methods, those test methods should be consulted for additional information on the significance, use, and possible interferences.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover chemical and physical tests for measuring the quality of methanol and appear in the following order:



    Purity of Reagents


    Safety Precautions





    7 to 9


    10 to 18


    19 to 21

    Distillation Range

    22 to 24

    Permanganate Time

    25 to 27

    Specific Gravity

    28 to 30


    31 to 33

    Water Miscibility

    34 to 37


    37 to 47


    48 to 55


    56 to 65

    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 Review the current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for detailed information concerning toxicity, first aid procedures and safety precautions for the chemicals used in this standard.

    1.4 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. Specific hazards statements are given in Sections 5 and 15 and in 16.1, 16.4, and 52.2.2.

    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

    D891 Test Methods for Specific Gravity, Apparent, of Liquid Industrial Chemicals

    D1078 Test Method for Distillation Range of Volatile Organic Liquids

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1209 Test Method for Color of Clear Liquids (Platinum-Cobalt Scale)

    D1363 Test Method for Permanganate Time of Acetone and Methanol

    D1613 Test Method for Acidity in Volatile Solvents and Chemical Intermediates Used in Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Products

    D1722 Test Method for Water Miscibility of Water-Soluble Solvents

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

    E203 Test Method for Water Using Volumetric Karl Fischer Titration

    E300 Practice for Sampling Industrial Chemicals

    E1140 Practice for Testing Nitrogen/Phosphorus Thermionic Ionization Detectors for Use In Gas Chromatography

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.080.60 (Alcohols. Ethers)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352104(Alcohols or its substitutes)

    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E0346-08E01

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E346-08e1, Standard Test Methods for Analysis of Methanol, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008,

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