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ASTM D7171-05(2016)

ASTM D7171-05(2016)

Standard Test Method for Hydrogen Content of Middle Distillate Petroleum Products by Low-Resolution Pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

2016-10-14 /Historical
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5.1 Hydrogen content represents a fundamental quality of a petroleum distillate that has been correlated with many of the performance characteristics of that product. Combustion properties of gas turbine fuels are related primarily to hydrogen content. As hydrogen content of these fuels decreases, soot deposits, exhaust smoke, and thermal radiation increase. Soot deposits and thermal radiation can increase to the point that combustor liner burnout will occur. Hydrogen content is a procurement requirement of the following military fuels: JP-5 specified in MIL-DTL-5624U, JP-8 specified in MIL-DTL-83133E, and Naval Distillate specified in MIL-PRF-16884K.

5.2 This test method provides a simple and precise alternative to existing test methods (D3701, D4808, and D5291) for determining the hydrogen content of petroleum distillate products.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of the hydrogen content of middle distillate petroleum products using a low-resolution pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The boiling range of distillates covered by the test method is 150 °C to 390 °C. While this test method may be applicable to middle distillates outside this boiling range, in such cases the precision statements may not apply. The test method is generally based on Test Methods D3701 and D4808, with a major difference being the use of a pulsed NMR spectrometer instead of a continuous wave NMR spectrometer.

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

1.2.1 The preferred units are mass %.

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.

distillates; fuels; hydrogen content; middle distillate; nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; petroleum products;
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