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    Standard Test Method for Determining Activity and Selectivity of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalysts by Microactivity Test

    Active Standard ASTM D5154 / D5154M | Developed by Subcommittee: D32.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.06


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The microactivity test provides data to assess the relative performance of FCC catalysts. Because results are affected by catalyst pretreatment, feedstock characteristics, test equipment, and operating parameters, adherence to this test method is a prerequisite for correct interpretation of results. Apparatus, test conditions, and analytical procedures actually used should closely resemble those described in this test method. Significant variations in apparatus, test conditions and/or analytical procedures may result in activity and selectivity data which do not correlate with data developed by other laboratories on identical catalyst/feedstock samples.

    5.2 The standard method reaction temperature is 516 °C [960 °F]. Other reaction temperatures can be used; however, catalyst selectivity data developed at temperatures other than 516 °C [960 °F] may not correlate with selectivity data developed at 516 °C [960 °F]. Also, precision at other reaction temperatures may change compared to data obtained at 516 °C [960 °F].

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers determining the activity and selectivity of either equilibrium or laboratory deactivated fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts. The activity is evaluated on the basis of mass percent conversion of gas oil feed in a microactivity unit. The selectivities are evaluated on the basis of mass percent yields of specifically defined products resulting from the catalytic cracking of gas oil feed.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D2887 Test Method for Boiling Range Distribution of Petroleum Fractions by Gas Chromatography

    D3907 Test Method for Testing Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalysts by Microactivity Test

    D4463 Guide for Metals Free Steam Deactivation of Fresh Fluid Cracking Catalysts

    D7964 Test Method for Determining Activity of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalysts in a Fluidized Bed

    E105 Practice for Probability Sampling of Materials

    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 Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.30 (Chemical reagents)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12161600(Catalysts)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D5154_D5154M-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM D5154 / D5154M-18, Standard Test Method for Determining Activity and Selectivity of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalysts by Microactivity Test, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.org

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