ASTM E1587 - 17

    Standard Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Refined Nickel

    Active Standard ASTM E1587 | Developed by Subcommittee: E01.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.05

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 These test methods are primarily intended to test refined nickel metal for compliance with compositional specifications. It is assumed that all who use these test methods will be trained analysts capable of performing common laboratory procedures skillfully and safely. It is expected that the analytical work will be performed in a properly equipped laboratory under appropriate quality control practices.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods apply to the chemical analysis of refined nickel and other forms of metallic nickel having chemical compositions within the following limits:


    Mass Fraction, %



    Antimony, less than


    Arsenic, less than


    Bismuth, less than


    Cadmium, less than


    Carbon, max


    Cobalt, max


    Copper, max


    Hydrogen, max


    Iron, max


    Lead, less than


    Manganese, less than


    Nickel, min


    Nitrogen, less than


    Oxygen, less than


    Phosphorus, less than


    Selenium, less than


    Silicon, less than


    Silver, less than


    Sulfur, max


    Tellurium, less than


    Thallium, less than


    Tin, less than


    Zinc, less than


    1.2 These test methods may be used to determine the following elements by the methods indicated below:

    Test Methods




    Antimony, Arsenic, Bismuth, Cadmium, Lead, Selenium, Silver, Tellurium, Tin, and Thallium by the Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Method

    21 – 31



    Bismuth, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Silver, and Zinc by the Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Method

    9 – 20



    Sulfur by the Methylene Blue Spectrophotometric Method After Generation of Hydrogen Sulfide

    32 – 42

    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 concerns, 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. For specific precautions, see Section 6.

    1.5 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

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    E50 Practices for Apparatus, Reagents, and Safety Considerations for Chemical Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    E60 Practice for Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials by Spectrophotometry

    E135 Terminology Relating to Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    E1024 Guide for Chemical Analysis of Metals and Metal Bearing Ores by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

    E1601 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Evaluate the Performance of an Analytical Method

    ISO Standard

    ISO5725 Precision of Test MethodsDetermination of Repeatability and Reproducibility by Interlaboratory Tests

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.120.40 (Nickel, chromium and their alloys)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11101706(Nickel); 41115407(Atomic absorption AA spectrometers)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E1587-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E1587-17, Standard Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Refined Nickel, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017,

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