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This test method establishes the standard procedure for determining the surface areas of catalyst and catalyst carriers that have Type II or IV nitrogen adsorption isotherms, and specified minimum area. A volumetric measuring system is used to obtain at least four data points which fit on the linear BET line. The surface area of a catalyst or catalyst carrier is determined by measuring the volume of nitrogen gas adsorbed at various low-pressure levels by the catalyst sample. Pressure differentials caused by introducing the catalyst surface area to a fixed volume of nitrogen in the test apparatus are measured and used to calculate BET surface area.
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1.1 This test method covers the determination of surface areas of catalyst and catalyst carriers that have Type II or IV nitrogen adsorption isotherms, and at least 1 m2/g of area. A volumetric measuring system is used to obtain at least four data points which fit on the linear BET equation line.
1.2 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses after SI units are provided for information only and are not considered 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.4 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.
D3766 Terminology Relating to Catalysts and Catalysis
E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods
E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
ICS Number Code 71.040.30 (Chemical reagents)
UNSPSC Code 12161600(Catalysts)
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ASTM D3663-20, Standard Test Method for Surface Area of Catalysts and Catalyst Carriers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.orgBack to Top