ASTM E928 - 08(2014)

    Standard Test Method for Purity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry

    Active Standard ASTM E928 | Developed by Subcommittee: E37.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The melting temperature range of a compound broadens as the impurity level rises. This phenomenon is described approximately by the van’t Hoff equation for melting point depressions. Measuring and recording the instantaneous heat flow into the specimen as a function of temperature during such a melting process is a practical way for the generation of data suitable for analysis by the van’t Hoff equation.

    5.2 The results obtained include: sample purity (expressed as mole percent); enthalpy of fusion (expressed as joules per mole); and the melting temperature (expressed in Kelvin) of the pure form of the major component.

    5.3 Generally, the repeatability of this test method decreases as the purity level decreases. This test method is ordinarily considered unreliable when the purity level of the major component of the mixture is less than 98.5 mol % or when the incremental enthalpy correction (c) exceeds 20 % of the original detected enthalpy of fusion.

    5.4 This test method is used for quality control, specification acceptance, and research.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the determination of purity of materials greater than 98.5 mole percent purity using differential scanning calorimetry and the van’t Hoff equation.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to thermally stable compounds with well-defined melting temperatures.

    1.3 Determination of purity by this test method is only applicable when the impurity dissolves in the melt and is insoluble in the crystal.

    1.4 There is no ISO method equivalent to this test method.

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

    1.6 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

    E473 Terminology Relating to Thermal Analysis and Rheology

    E793 Test Method for Enthalpies of Fusion and Crystallization by Differential Scanning Calorimetry

    E794 Test Method for Melting And Crystallization Temperatures By Thermal Analysis

    E967 Test Method for Temperature Calibration of Differential Scanning Calorimeters and Differential Thermal Analyzers

    E968 Practice for Heat Flow Calibration of Differential Scanning Calorimeters

    E1970 Practice for Statistical Treatment of Thermoanalytical Data


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.10 (Heat. Calorimetry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E0928-08R14

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E928-08(2014), Standard Test Method for Purity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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