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ASTM D3904

1990 Edition, April 27, 1990

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Standard Test Method for Oil from Oil Shale (Resource Evaluation by the Fischer Assay Procedure)

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  • Revision: 1990 Edition, April 27, 1990
  • Published Date: April 27, 1990
  • Status: Not Active, See comments below
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASTM International (ASTM)
  • Page Count: 10
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers the determination of the amount of oil, water, and spent shale obtained upon prescribed heating of a representative oil shale sample that has been crushed to an appropriate size (2.36 mm or 8 mesh). The amount of gas evolved can be calculated from data obtained in this procedure. This test method is applicable to oil shale, which upon heating evolves liquid and gaseous products (Note 1). It has been tested over the range 19 to 227 L/Mg (5 to 60 gal/ton) of oil.

NOTE 1--The test method does not include procedures for identifying the nature of the gas.

1.2 The test method neither yields quantities that necessarily duplicate yields in experimental or commercial oil-shale processes nor does it yield products that necessarily duplicate in physical or chemical nature the products that may be obtained in such experimental or commercial processes.

1.3 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems 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. For specific hazard statements, see Notes 4 through 7.