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Significance and Use
5.1 The particle size of powdered activated carbon is sometimes used to evaluate filter cake filtration rates and the filter penetration in filtering applications. The selection and handling of powdered activated carbon, and operation of processes using powdered activated carbon, requires the knowledge of the particle size.
Note 1: Relative humidity (RH) can affect the repeatability and accuracy of this test. Activated carbon not at equilibrium with the RH of the ambient air may lose or gain weight accordingly, dependent upon whether or not the carbon picks up or loses moisture.
1.1 This test method covers the determination of the particle size of powdered activated carbons using an air-jet sieve device. For purposes of this test method, powdered activated carbon is defined as activated carbon in particle sizes predominantly smaller than 80 mesh.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are for information only.
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.
D2652 Terminology Relating to Activated Carbon
E11 Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves
E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods
E300 Practice for Sampling Industrial Chemicals
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
ICS Number Code 19.120 (Particle size analysis. Sieving); 71.040.30 (Chemical reagents)
UNSPSC Code 11101522(Activated carbon)
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ASTM D5158-98(2019), Standard Test Method for Determination of Particle Size of Powdered Activated Carbon by Air-Jet Sieving, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.orgBack to Top