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    ASTM E439 - 17

    Standard Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Beryllium

    Active Standard ASTM E439 | Developed by Subcommittee: E01.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.05

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 These test methods for the chemical analysis of beryllium metal are primarily intended as referee methods to test such materials 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 work will be performed in a properly equipped laboratory.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover the chemical analysis of beryllium having chemical compositions within the following limits:


    Range, %


     0.05  to 0.30


    97.5   to 100 

    Beryllium Oxide

     0.3   to 3   


     0.05  to 0.30


     0.005 to 0.10


     0.005 to 0.10


     0.05  to 0.30


     0.02  to 0.15


     0.005 to 0.10


     0.02  to 0.15

    1.2 The test methods in this standard are contained in the sections indicated below.



    Chromium by the Diphenylcarbazide Spectrophotometric Test Method
     [0.004 % to 0.04 %]

    10 – 19

    Iron by the 1,10-Phenanthroline Spectrophotometric Test Method
     [0.05 % to 0.25 %]

    20 – 29

    Manganese by the Periodate Spectrophotometric Test Method
     [0.008 % to 0.04 %]

    30 – 39

    Nickel by the Dimethylglyoxime Spectrophotometric Test Method
     [0.001 % to 0.04 %]

    40 – 49

    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.

    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

    E55 Practice for Sampling Wrought Nonferrous Metals and Alloys for Determination of Chemical Composition

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

    E88 Practice for Sampling Nonferrous Metals and Alloys in Cast Form for Determination of Chemical Composition

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

    E173 Practice for Conducting Interlaboratory Studies of Methods for Chemical Analysis of Metals

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

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.30 (Chemical analysis of metals); 77.120.99 (Other non-ferrous metals and their alloys)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12141501(Beryllium Be)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/E0439-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM E439-17, Standard Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Beryllium, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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