ASTM D1552-03

    Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (High-Temperature Method)


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers three procedures for the determination of total sulfur in petroleum products including lubricating oils containing additives, and in additive concentrates. This test method is applicable to samples boiling above 177°C (350°F) and containing not less than 0.06 mass % sulfur. Two of the three procedures use iodate detection; one employing an induction furnace for pyrolysis, the other a resistance furnace. The third procedure uses IR detection following pyrolysis in a resistance furnace.

    1.2 Petroleum coke containing up to 8 mass % sulfur can be analyzed.

    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

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D4177 Practice for Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D6299 Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance

    D6300 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants

    D6792 Practice for Quality System in Petroleum Products and Lubricants Testing Laboratories


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    ICS Number Code 75.080 (Petroleum products in general)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D1552-03

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    ASTM D1552-03, Standard Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (High-Temperature Method), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, www.astm.org

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