ASTM E1194 - 17

    Standard Test Method for Vapor Pressure

    Active Standard ASTM E1194 | Developed by Subcommittee: E50.47

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.05


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Vapor pressure values can be used to predict volatilization rates (5). Vapor pressures, along with vapor-liquid partition coefficients (Henry's Law constant) are used to predict volatilization rates from liquids such as water. These values are thus particularly important for the prediction of the transport of a chemical in the environment (6).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes procedures for measuring the vapor pressure of pure liquid or solid compounds. No single technique is able to measure vapor pressures from 1 × 10−11 to 100 kPa (approximately 10−10 to 760 torr). The subject of this standard is gas saturation which is capable of measuring vapor pressures from 1 × 10–11 to 1 kPa (approximately 10–10 to 10 torr). Other methods, such as isoteniscope and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) are suitable for measuring vapor pressures above 0.1 kPa An isoteniscope (standard) procedure for measuring vapor pressures of liquids from 1 × 10−1 to 100 kPa (approximately 1 to 760 torr) is available in Test Method D2879. A DSC (standard) procedure for measuring vapor pressures from 2 × 10−1 to 100 kPa (approximately 1 to 760 torr) is available in Test Method E1782. A gas-saturation procedure for measuring vapor pressures from 1 × 10−11 to 1 kPa (approximately 10−10 to 10 torr) is presented in this test method. All procedures are subjects of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Test Guidelines.

    1.2 The gas saturation method is very useful for providing vapor pressure data at normal environmental temperatures (–40 to +60°C). At least three temperature values should be studied to allow definition of a vapor pressure-temperature correlation. Values determined should be based on temperature selections such that a measurement is made at 25°C (as recommended by IUPAC) (1),2 a value can be interpolated for 25°C, or a value can be reliably extrapolated for 25°C. Extrapolation to 25°C should be avoided if the temperature range tested includes a value at which a phase change occurs. Extrapolation to 25°C over a range larger than 10°C should also be avoided. If possible, the temperatures investigated should be above and below 25°C to avoid extrapolation altogether. The gas saturation method was selected because of its extended range, simplicity, and general applicability (2). Examples of results produced by the gas-saturation procedure during an interlaboratory evaluation are given in Table 1. These data have been taken from Reference (3).

    (A) Sr is the estimated standard deviation within laboratories, that is, an average of the repeatability found in the separate laboratories.
    (B) SR is the square root of the component of variance between laboratories.
    (C) SR is the between-laboratory estimate of precision.

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

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    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

    D2879 Test Method for Vapor Pressure-Temperature Relationship and Initial Decomposition Temperature of Liquids by Isoteniscope

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Test Guidelines

    Toxic Substances Control Act Test Guidelines; Fina


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.100 (Measurement of force, weight and pressure)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/E1194-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E1194-17, Standard Test Method for Vapor Pressure, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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