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ASTM D3906 2003 Edition, March 10, 2003
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Standard Test Method for Determination of Relative X-ray Diffraction Intensities of Faujasite-Type Zeolite-Containing Materials
Includes all amendments and changes through Reapproval Notice , 2013
Additional Comments: ALSO SEE ASTM D3906 (R)
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This test method covers the determination of relative X-ray diffraction intensities of zeolites having the faujasite crystal structure, including synthetic Y and X zeolites, their modifications such as the various cation exchange forms, and the dealuminized, decationated, and ultrastable forms of Y. These zeolites have cubic symmetry with a unit cell parameter usually within the limits of 24.2 and 25.0° Å (2.42 and 2.50 nm). 

The samples include zeolite preparations in the various forms, and catalysts and adsorbents containing these zeolites. 

The term "intensity of an X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) peak" is the "integral intensity," either the area of counts under the peak or the product of the peak height and the peak width. 

This test method provides a number that is the ratio of intensity of portions of the XRD pattern of the sample to intensity of the corresponding portion of the pattern of a reference zeolite, NaY. (Laboratories may use a modified Y or X, for example, REY as a secondary standard.) The intensity ratio, expressed as a percentage, is then labeled "% XRD intensity/NaY." 

Under certain conditions such a ratio is the percent zeolite in the sample. These conditions include: 

The zeolite in the sample is the same as the reference zeolite. 

The absorption for the X-rays used is the same for the zeolite and the nonzeolite portions of the sample. 

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.