ASTM D2798-09a

    Standard Test Method for Microscopical Determination of the Vitrinite Reflectance of Coal


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the microscopical determination of both the mean maximum and mean random reflectances measured in oil of polished surfaces of vitrinite and other macerals present in coals ranging in rank from lignite to anthracite. This test method can be used to determine the reflectance of other macerals.

    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 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

    D121 Terminology of Coal and Coke

    D388 Classification of Coals by Rank

    D2797 Practice for Preparing Coal Samples for Microscopical Analysis by Reflected Light


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.060.10 (Chemical elements)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101601(Coal)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D2798-09A

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    ASTM D2798-09a, Standard Test Method for Microscopical Determination of the Vitrinite Reflectance of Coal, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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