ASTM D2234 / D2234M - 20

    Standard Practice for Collection of a Gross Sample of Coal

    Active Standard ASTM D2234 / D2234M | Developed by Subcommittee: D05.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.06


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 It is intended that this practice be used to provide a sample representative of the coal from which it is collected. Because of the variability of coal and the wide variety of sampling equipment, caution should be used in all stages of sampling, from system specifications and equipment procurement to equipment acceptance testing and actually taking the final sample.

    5.2 After further processing (Practice D2013/D2013M), the sample may be analyzed for a number of different parameters. These parameters may affect the lot's value, its ability to meet specifications, its environmental impact, as well as other properties.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers procedures for the collection of a sample under various conditions of sampling and directs the user to the appropriate ASTM standard for that sampling condition. The sample is to be crushed and further prepared for analysis in accordance with Practice D2013/D2013M. However, the procedures for dividing large samples before any crushing are given in this practice.

    1.2 This practice describes general and special purpose sampling procedures for coals (1) by size and condition of preparation (for example, mechanically cleaned coal or raw coal) and (2) by sampling characteristics.

    1.3 Units—The values stated in either SI units or non-SI units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.

    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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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

    D2013/D2013M Practice for Preparing Coal Samples for Analysis

    D4749 Test Method for Performing the Sieve Analysis of Coal and Designating Coal Size

    D6609 Guide for Part-Stream Sampling of Coal

    D6883 Practice for Manual Sampling of Stationary Coal from Railroad Cars, Barges, Trucks, or Stockpiles

    D7430 Practice for Mechanical Sampling of Coal

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 73.040 (Coals)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D2234_D2234M-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM D2234 / D2234M-20, Standard Practice for Collection of a Gross Sample of Coal, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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