ASTM D7964 / D7964M - 19

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

    Active Standard ASTM D7964 / D7964M | Developed by Subcommittee: D32.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.06


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The fluidized bed test provides data to assess the relative performances of FCC catalysts. Because results are affected by catalyst pretreatment, feedstock characteristics, and operating parameters, this test method is written specifically to address the accuracy and precision when a common catalyst and oil are tested under the same conditions but at different sites, using Kayser Technologies Advanced Catalytic Evaluation (ACE) unit.4,5 Analytical procedures may vary among the sites. However, significant variations are not expected.

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    5.2 The standard reaction temperature for purposes of the accuracy and precision statement is 532 °C [990 °F]. Other reaction temperatures can be used in practice; however, yield data developed at temperatures other than 532 °C [990 °F] will not be the same. Also, test precision may be different at other reaction temperatures.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers determining the activity and coke 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 fluidized bed reactor. The coke yield is defined as the mass of carbon laid down on the catalyst, also expressed as a percent of the gas oil feed. The scope of the round robin will be limited to the determination of activity and coke. All other analyses are thus beyond this scope and should be noted as “optional.”

    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 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.

    1.3 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

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

    D5154/D5154M Test Method for Determining Activity and Selectivity of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalysts by Microactivity Test

    E105 Practice for Probability Sampling of Materials

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    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); 75.020 (Extraction and processing of petroleum and natural gas)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12161604(Cracking catalysts)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D7964_D7964M-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM D7964 / D7964M-19, Standard Test Method for Determining Activity of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalysts in a Fluidized Bed, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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