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ASTM D6316-17

Standard Test Method for Determination of Total, Combustible and Carbonate Carbon in Solid Residues from Coal and Coke

Significance and Use

5.1 The combustible carbon content of solid residues is used to calculate efficiency of fuel combustion in boiler furnaces and similar combustors.

5.2 Combustible carbon values are also used to determine the residual fuel value of incompletely combusted/reacted coal and coke in other reactors that consume carbonaceous fuels (examples include fluidized bed furnaces and liquefaction, gasification and pyrolysis reactors).

5.3 The combustible carbon content of flyash is an important parameter in the use of flyash as a cement additive.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of total, combustible, and carbonate carbon remaining in the solid byproducts of combustion from boiler furnaces and similar reactors, including ash, flyash, char, slag, and similar materials.

1.2 This test method is intended for the use of industry to determine the performance of boiler furnaces and similar combustion reactors and aid in determining the quality of the solid residue from combustion.

1.3 This test method comprises the use of any of several methods to determine total carbon content combined with any of several methods to determine carbonate carbon, and the calculation, by difference, of the combustible carbon remaining in a sample.

1.4 Alternatively, this test method applies to the determination of total carbon remaining in a material after acidification with strong acid to evolve carbonate carbon. In this case, the combustible carbon is the total carbon measured in the sample after acidification.

1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. Non-SI units, if provided, are for information only and are contained within parentheses.

1.6 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 to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.7 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: 05.06
Developed by Subcommittee: D05.29
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/D6316-17
ICS Code: 75.160.10