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    ASTM D8369 - 21

    Standard Test Method for Detailed Hydrocarbon Analysis by High Resolution Gas Chromatography with Vacuum Ultraviolet Absorption Spectroscopy (GC-VUV)

    Active Standard ASTM D8369 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.04.0L

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.05


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The determination of class group composition of hydrocarbon streams and automotive spark-ignition fuels as well as quantification of various individual species such as oxygenates and aromatics is useful for evaluating quality and expected performance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the use of gas chromatography and vacuum ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy (GC-VUV) for the determination of individual compounds and compound classes by percent mass or percent volume with a final boiling point as defined by Test Method D86 up to 225 °C.

    1.1.1 Typical products encountered in petroleum refining or biofuel operations, such as blend stocks; naphthas, reformates, alkylates, FCC gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), alcohols and ethers may be analyzed.

    1.1.2 Spark-ignition engine fuels including those with commonly blended oxygenates may also be analyzed.

    1.2 Individual compounds are spectrally verified and speciated. Compounds that are not spectrally verified and speciated are identified by carbon number, based on retention index, and by class type, based on spectral response. The resulting verified hydrocarbon analysis therefore identifies, classifies, and reports 100 % of the spectral responses.

    1.2.1 This test method may not be applicable to all concentrations of individual hydrocarbons; the user must evaluate the spectral response of the hydrocarbon of interest, the amount and proximity of co-eluting hydrocarbons, and detector saturation. Quantitation of individual hydrocarbons with concentrations less than 0.1 % or greater than 30 % by mass may require validation.

    1.2.2 This test method can be used to determine methanol in the range of 0.05 % to 3 % by mass, ethanol in the range of 0.05 % to 25 % by mass, butanols in the range of 0.5 % to 10 % by mass, methyl t-butyl ether (MTBE) in the range of 0.5 % to 22 % by mass, ethyl t-butyl ether (ETBE) in the range of 0.5 % to 22 % by mass, and t-amyl methyl ether (TAME) in the range of 0.5 % to 22 % by mass in spark-ignition engine fuels.

    Note 1: Applicable ranges of individual components and precision will ultimately be defined by an interlaboratory study.

    1.2.3 Other compounds containing oxygen, sulfur, nitrogen, and so forth, may also be present, and may co-elute with the hydrocarbons. If determination of other specific compounds is required, supplementation of the spectral library may be necessary.

    1.3 Class-type composition – paraffins, iso-paraffins, olefins, naphthenes, aromatics and oxygenates are reported. The class composition totals are the sum of speciated individual compounds and spectrally classed compounds.

    1.3.1 The class types may optionally be sub classed by carbon number.

    1.3.2 Olefins may optionally be sub classed into mono-olefins, non-conjugated diolefins, conjugated diolefins, and cyclic olefins.

    1.3.3 Aromatics may optionally be sub classed into mono-aromatics, diaromatics, and naphtheno-aromatics (indans and indenes).

    Note 2: Interim precision for optional sub class reporting is not determined.

    1.4 Individual compounds may not be baseline-separated by the procedure described in this method; that is, some compounds will coelute. The coelutions are resolved at the detector using VUV absorbance spectra and deconvolution algorithms.

    1.5 This test method is intended as a type of detailed hydrocarbon analysis (DHA). Incorporation of the GC-VUV data report into commercial DHA software packages with subsequent physical and chemical property calculations and correlations is the responsibility of the DHA software vendor.

    1.6 Temporary precision has been determined on a limited subset of samples and compounds given in Table 6 and Table 7.

    1.7 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.8 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.

    1.9 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

    D86 Test Method for Distillation of Petroleum Products and Liquid Fuels at Atmospheric Pressure

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D4307 Practice for Preparation of Liquid Blends for Use as Analytical Standards

    D4814 Specification for Automotive Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel

    D5842 Practice for Sampling and Handling of Fuels for Volatility Measurement

    D6299 Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance

    D6300 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants

    D6729 Test Method for Determination of Individual Components in Spark Ignition Engine Fuels by 100 Metre Capillary High Resolution Gas Chromatography

    D6730 Test Method for Determination of Individual Components in Spark Ignition Engine Fuels by 100-Metre Capillary (with Precolumn) High-Resolution Gas Chromatography

    D6792 Practice for Quality Management Systems in Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants Testing Laboratories

    D7372 Guide for Analysis and Interpretation of Proficiency Test Program Results

    D7900 Test Method for Determination of Light Hydrocarbons in Stabilized Crude Oils by Gas Chromatography


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    DOI: 10.1520/D8369-21

    Citation Format

    ASTM D8369-21, Standard Test Method for Detailed Hydrocarbon Analysis by High Resolution Gas Chromatography with Vacuum Ultraviolet Absorption Spectroscopy (GC-VUV), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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