Standard Active Last Updated: Aug 13, 2018
ASTM D6979-18

Standard Test Method for Polyurethane Raw Materials: Determination of Basicity in Polyols, Expressed as Percent Nitrogen

Significance and Use

5.1 This test method is suitable for quality control, as a specification test, and for research. The results are measures of batch-to-batch uniformity and are useful in estimating reactivity.

5.1.1 The percent nitrogen can be used to characterize a polyol or indicate amounts of certain components in a polyol blend.

5.1.2 It is permissible to also express the results in equivalents of base per gram of sample, if desired.


1.1 This test method measures the basic constituents in polyols that are soluble in glacial acetic acid and reactive with perchloric acid. Samples containing 0.3 – 10 % nitrogen have been evaluated by this method. This test method is applicable to polyether polyols and polyether polyol blends that are used in urethane reactions. (See Note 1.)

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

1.3 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.

Note 1: This standard is equivalent to ISO 25761:08.

1.4 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: 08.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.22
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D6979-18
ICS Code: 83.100