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ASTM D4165-06(2012)

Standard Test Method for Cyanogen Chloride in Water 

Standard Test Method for Cyanogen Chloride in Water  D4165-06R12 ASTM|D4165-06R12|en-US Standard Test Method for Cyanogen Chloride in Water  Standard new BOS Vol. 11.02 Committee D19
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Significance and Use

The presence of cyanogen chloride in chlorinated sanitary and industrial effluents and therefore receiving waters is of concern because of its toxicity to aquatic life.

This test method provides an analytical procedure for measuring cyanogen chloride in water.

This test method is applicable for clean metal finishing and chlorinated sanitary and industrial effluents, and also can be used to establish process control of cyanide destruction by chlorination in waste water treatment facilities.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of cyanogen chloride in water. Cyanogen chloride is normally present only at very low concentrations; it is a very labile and sparsely soluble gaseous compound. Water samples may contain cyanogen chloride after the chlorination of waste waters containing cyanide or thiocyanate compounds.

1.2 Cyanogen chloride is unstable. A quick test using a spot plate or comparator as soon as the sample is collected may be the best test, reducing the loss of cyanogen chloride during the time lapse between sampling and analysis. (See Fig. 1 for a typical decay curve for cyanogen chloride in a solution.)

1.3 This test method has been used successfully with reagent water. The analyst is responsible for determining whether the test method is applicable to the water matrix being tested. Reference is made to Test Method D of Test Methods D2036 which is based on similar chemical reactions and has been evaluated by collaborative testing in this matrix.

1.4 The lower limit of detectability is 0.005 mg CN /L.

1.5 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. Specific hazard statements are given in Note 1 and Note 2 and Section 9.

FIG. 1 Cyanogen Chloride Stability

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D19.06
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/D4165-06R12
ICS Code: 13.060.50