Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM E1917-02

Standard Test Method for Determination of Phosphorous in Nickel, Ferronickel, and Nickel Alloys by the Phosphovanadomolybdate Molecular Absorption Spectrometric Method

Significance and Use

This test method is used for the analysis of nickel, ferronickel, and nickel base alloy samples by molecular absorption spectrometry to check compliance with compositional specifications. It is assumed that all who use the procedure will be trained analysts capable of performing common laboratory procedures skillfully and safely. It is expected that the work will be performed in a properly equipped laboratory and that proper waste disposal procedures will be followed. Appropriate quality control practices must be followed, such as those described in Guide E 882.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of phosphorus in nickel, ferronickel, and nickel alloys in the 0.0007 % through 0.05 % range.

1.2 Arsenic, chromium, hafnium, niobium, silicon, tantalum, titanium, and tungsten interfere, but the interference can be avoided by complexation or volatilization (for Cr). The lowest phosphorus content (0.0007 %) can be reached only in samples with low contents of interfering elements.

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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazards associated with the use of this practice see Practices E 50. Refer to specific warning notes given throughout this test method.

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Book of Standards Volume: 03.05
Developed by Subcommittee: E01.08
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/E1917-02
ICS Code: 77.120.40