ASTM-D5580 › Standard Test Method for Determination of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene,
p/m-Xylene, o-Xylene, C 9 and Heavier Aromatics, and Total Aromatics in Finished Gasoline by Gas Chromatography
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1.1 This test method covers the determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, the xylenes, C9 and heavier aromatics, and total aromatics in finished motor gasoline by gas chromatography.
1.2 The aromatic hydrocarbons are separated without interferences from other hydrocarbons in finished gasoline. Nonaromatic hydrocarbons having a boiling point greater than n-dodecane may cause interferences with the determination of the C9 and heavier aromatics. For the C8 aromatics, p-xylene and m-xylene co-elute while ethylbenzene and o-xylene are separated. The C9 and heavier aromatics are determined as a single group.
1.3 This test method covers the following concentration ranges, in liquid volume %, for the preceding aromatics: benzene, 0.1 to 5 %; toluene, 1 to 15 %; individual C8 aromatics, 0.5 to 10 %; total C9 and heavier aromatics, 5 to 30 %, and total aromatics, 10 to 80 %.
1.4 Results are reported to the nearest 0.01 % by either mass or by liquid volume.
1.5 This test method includes a relative bias section for U.S. EPA spark-ignition engine fuel regulations reporting for benzene based on Practice accuracy assessment between Test Method and Test Method as a possible Test Method alternative to Test Method . The Practice derived correlation equation is only applicable for fuels in the benzene concentration range from 0.0 % to 2.31 % by volume as measured by Test Method . The applicable Test Method range for benzene is from 0.0 % to 2.38 % by volume as reported by Test Method .
1.6 This test method includes a relative bias section for U.S. EPA spark-ignition engine fuel regulations for total aromatics reporting based on Practice accuracy assessment between Test Method and Test Method as a possible Test Method alternative to Test Method . The Practice derived correlation equation(s) is only applicable for fuels in the total aromatic concentration range from 5.4 % to 31.6 % by volume as measured by Test Method and a distillation temperature T95, at which 95 % of the sample has evaporated, as measured by Test Method is in the range of 149.1 °C to 196.6 °C (300.4 °F to 385.9 °F).
1.6.1 The applicable Test Method range for total aromatics is from 3.7 % to 29.4 % by volume as reported by Test Method and the distillation temperature T95, at which 95 % of the sample has evaporated, when tested according to Test Method ranged from 149.1 °C to 196.6 °C (300.4 °F to 385.9 °F).
1.7 Many of the common alcohols and ethers that are added to gasoline to reduce carbon monoxide emissions and increase octane, do not interfere with the analysis. Ethers such as methyl tert-butylether (MTBE), ethyl tert-butylether (ETBE), tert-amylmethylether (TAME), and diisopropylether (DIPE) have been found to elute from the precolumn with the nonaromatic hydrocarbons to vent. Other oxygenates, including methanol and ethanol elute before benzene and the aromatic hydrocarbons. 1-Methylcyclopentene has also been found to elute from the precolumn to vent and does not interfere with benzene.
1.8 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.
1.8.1 Exception—The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.9 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.
aromatics; benzene; ethylbenzene; gas chromatography; gasoline; toluene; xylenes;; ICS Number Code 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)
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Dec. 15, 2015