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ASTM D6716-08(2020)

Standard Test Method for Total Ash in Wet Blue or Wet White

Standard Test Method for Total Ash in Wet Blue or Wet White D6716-08R20 ASTM|D6716-08R20|en-US Standard Test Method for Total Ash in Wet Blue or Wet White Standard new BOS Vol. 15.04 Committee D31
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Significance and Use

5.1 This test method is useful in determining the approximate amount of nonvolatile inorganic material in wet blue. 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 wet blue may be determined by subtracting the chromic oxide that may be conveniently determined on the ash. (See Test Method D6714.)

5.2 The specified temperature of 600°C 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 wet blue and wet white.

1.2 For total ash in wet white, the procedure is identical; substitute wet white for wet blue in the standard.

1.3 Total ash in wet blue may be reported upon a number of different bases (for example, fat-free, moisture-free, as received, excluding chromium, and so forth). Before proceeding with any tests, it is very important to determine upon which basis that the total ash is to be reported and to identify all other test methods that will be required to be executed in order to achieve the determined reporting method.

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

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6 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: D31.02
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/D6716-08R20
ICS Code: 59.140.30