ASTM WK59159

    New Test Method for Screening Analysis of a Potential Ignitable Liquid in a Heated Atmospheric Tank

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E34.50 | Committee E34 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1. Scope 1.1 This method is used to indicate the ignition potential of a liquid. The following practice can be applied to liquid or sludge and mixtures of mop water and metalworking fluids. 1.2 Rationalized SI units, followed by rationalized inch-pound units in parenthesis, are the standard units of measure. 1.3 This method offers the option and the ability for a screening analysis to determine if a liquid has an ignition potential when quantitative analytical techniques are not available and the composition of a liquid is unknown. 1.4 Do not use results obtained by this standard to predict absolute performance for a substance to ignite. 1.5 This standard is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire hazard or fire risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions. 1.6 This fire standard cannot be used to provide quantitative measures. 1.7 Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests. 1.8 This method 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 hazard information is given in Section 7. NOTE 1: The practice does not determine classification of properties used in shipping and safety regulations to define flammable and combustible materials. Consult the particular regulation involved for precise definitions of these classes.


    combustible; evaporator; flammability; flash point; flashing, ignitable, ignition; screening analysis; water-based fluid; metalworking fluid; MWF;


    The test method aids in identifying the ignition potential for spent metalworking fluid and water based materials. The method evaluates a small scale specimen which is evaporated and concentrated to determine if combustion control should be considered.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Dennis Hollatz

    Draft Under Development