Standard Active Last Updated: Oct 11, 2018
ASTM C1494-13(2018)

Standard Test Methods for Determination of Mass Fraction of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Oxygen in Silicon Nitride Powder

Significance and Use

3.1 These test methods are for the chemical analysis of mass fraction of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen in silicon nitride powder. They are used in research, development, production, acceptance, and quality control of silicon nitride powders used to produce ceramic components with silicon nitride content.

3.2 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.


1.1 These test methods cover the determination of mass fraction % of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen in silicon nitride powder having chemical compositions within the following limits:


Mass Fraction % Range


0.05 to 5.0


30 to 45


0.1 to 1.5

1.2 Two test methods appear in this standard.

1.2.1 Total Carbon by the Direct Combustion-Infrared Measurement Method.

1.2.2 Nitrogen by the Inert Gas Fusion-Thermal Conductivity Measurement Method and Oxygen by the Inert Gas Fusion-Infrared Measurement Method.

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. Specific hazard statements are given in Section 6.

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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.01
Developed by Subcommittee: C28.03
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/C1494-13R18
ICS Code: 71.100.10