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ASTM D2617-17

Standard Test Method for Total Ash in Leather

Standard Test Method for Total Ash in Leather D2617-17 ASTM|D2617-17|en-US Standard Test Method for Total Ash in Leather Standard new BOS Vol. 15.04 Committee D31
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Significance and Use

4.1 This test method is useful in determining the approximate amount of nonvolatile inorganic material in leather. This may be in the form of salts or oxides of the elements. In a mixed chrome tannage, the approximate percentage of other elements in the leather may be determined by subtracting the chromic oxide that may be conveniently determined on the ash. (See Test Method D2807.)

4.2 The temperature of 600 °C specified is high enough to produce a reproducible result but it does not completely dehydrate such oxides as aluminum oxide, (Al2O3) and chromic oxide (Cr2O3). Likewise, such salts as sulfates and phosphates may be incompletely dehydrated, and if alkalis and chromium are present simultaneously, oxidation to chromate may occur. Therefore, caution is advised in drawing conclusions based on quantitative relations of the elements.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of total ash in leather.

1.2 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.

1.3 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: 15.04
Developed by Subcommittee: D31.06
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/D2617-17
ICS Code: 59.140.30