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ASTM D3608 - 95(2011) standard test method for nitrogen oxides (combined) content in the atmosphere by the griess-saltzman reaction


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Both NO2 and NO play an important role in photochemical-smog-forming reactions. In sufficient concentrations NO2 is deleterious to health, agriculture, materials, and visibility.

In combustion processes, significant amounts of NO may be produced by combination of atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen; at ambient temperatures, NO can be converted to NO2 by oxygen and other atmospheric oxidants. Nitrogen dioxide also may be generated from processes involving nitric acid, nitrates, the use of explosives, and welding.

1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers the manual determination of the combined nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO) content, total NOx; in the atmosphere in the range from 4 to 10 000 μg/m3 (0.002 to 5 ppm (v)).

1.2 The maximum sampling period is 60 min at a flow rate of 0.4 L/min.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

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.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

ASTM Standards
D1071 Test Methods for Volumetric Measurement of Gaseous Fuel Samples
D1193 Specification for Reagent Water
D1356 Terminology Relating to Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres
D1357 Practice for Planning the Sampling of the Ambient Atmosphere
D3195 Practice for Rotameter Calibration
D3609 Practice for Calibration Techniques Using Permeation Tubes
D3631 Test Methods for Measuring Surface Atmospheric Pressure
E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers
E128 Test Method for Maximum Pore Diameter and Permeability of Rigid Porous Filters for Laboratory Use

Index Terms

ambient atmospheres; analysis; colorimetric analysis; Greiss-Saltzman reaction; nitric oxide; nitrogen dioxide; nitrogen oxides; sampling: Atmospheric analysis; Griess-Saltzman reaction; Nitrogen oxides;

ICS Code

ICS Number Code 13.040.20 (Ambient atmospheres)

DOI: 10.1520/D3608-95R11

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