Standard Historical Last Updated: May 13, 2013
ASTM D3230-10

Standard Test Method for Salts in Crude Oil (Electrometric Method)

Significance and Use

This test method is used to determine the approximate chloride content of crude oils, a knowledge of which is important in deciding whether or not the crude oil needs desalting. The efficiency of the process desalter can also be evaluated.

Excessive chloride left in the crude oil frequently results in higher corrosion rates in refining units and also has detrimental effects on catalysts used in these units.

This test method provides a rapid and convenient means of determining the approximate content of chlorides in crude oil and is useful to crude oil processors.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of the approximate chloride (salts) concentration in crude oil. The range of concentration covered is 0 to 500 mg/kg or 0 to 150 lb/1000 bbl as chloride concentration/volume of crude oil.

1.2 This test method measures conductivity in the crude oil due to the presence of common chlorides, such as sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Other conductive materials may also be present in the crude oil.

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

1.3.1 ExceptionAcceptable concentration units are g/m3 or PTB (lb/1000 bbl).

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 warning statements, see 7.3, 7.4, and 7.11.

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Book of Standards Volume: 05.01
Developed by Subcommittee: D02.03
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/D3230-10
ICS Code: 73.040