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ASTM D6584-08

ASTM D6584-08

Standard Test Method for Determination of Free and Total Glycerin in B-100 Biodiesel Methyl Esters By Gas Chromatography

2010-12-31 /Historical
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Free and bonded glycerin content reflects the quality of biodiesel. A high content of free glycerin may cause problems during storage, or in the fuel system, due to separation of the glycerin. A high total glycerin content can lead to injector fouling and may also contribute to the formation of deposits at injection nozzles, pistons, and valves.


1.1 This test method covers the quantitative determination of free and total glycerin in B-100 methyl esters by gas chromatography. The range of detection for free glycerin is 0.005 to 0.05 mass %, and total glycerin from 0.05 to 0.5 mass %. This procedure is not applicable to vegetable oil methyl esters obtained from lauric oils, such as coconut oil and palm kernel oil.

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

biodiesel; free glycerin; gas chromatography; methyl esters; total glycerin; Biodiesel methyl esters; Diesel engine fuel oils; Gas chromatography (GC)--petroleum products; Glycerin content; Methyl esters
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