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Analysis of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Insulating Liquidsby Gas Chromatography, Standa

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Standard Test Method for Analysis of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Insulating Liquids by Gas Chromatography


1.1 This test method describes a quantitative determination of the concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in electrical insulating liquids by gas chromatography. It also applies to the determination of PCB present in mixtures known as askarels, used as electrical insulating liquids.

1.2 The PCB mixtures known as Aroclors were used in the formulation of the PCB-containing askarels manufactured in the United States. This test method may be applied to the determination of PCBs in insulating liquids contaminated by either individual Aroclors or mixtures of Aroclors. This technique may not be applicable to the determination of PCBs from other sources of contamination.

1.3 The precision and bias of this test method have been established only for PCB concentrations in electrical insulating mineral oils and silicones. The use of this test method has not been demonstrated for all insulating fluids. Some insulating liquids, such as halogenated hydrocarbons, interfere with the detection of PCBs and cannot be tested without pretreatment.

1.4 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.


gas chromatography; PCBs; polychlorinated biphenyls; transformer insulating liquids; transformer mineral oils; transformer silicone liquids; ICS Number Code 29.040.10 (Insulating oils)

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10.03 (Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases; Electrical Protective Equipment)

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29.040.10 (Insulating oils)

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Oct. 10, 2000

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