Astm D 3860 – 98 (Reapproved 2003) pdf free download

Standard Practice for
Determination of Adsorptive Capacity of Activated Carbon
by Aqueous Phase Isotherm Technique1

This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 3860; the number immediately following the designation indicates the year of
original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of the last revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last reapproval. A
superscript epsilon (e) indicates an editorial change since the last revision or reapproval.

1. Scope

1.1 This practice covers the determination of the adsorptive
capacity of activated carbon to remove undesirable constituents
from water and wastewater. It can be used to evaluate the
adsorptive capacity of activated or reactivated carbon.

1.2 This practice is not recommended unless special precautions are taken to reduce loss during sample preparation and

1.3 This practice is recommended to determine the adsorptive capacity of activated carbon for the following applications,
but is not limited to these applications:

1.3.1 Removal of color from dye mill wastewater,

1.3.2 Removal of taste or odor constituents, or both, from
potable waters,

1.3.3 Removal of toxicants from water,

1.3.4 Removal of surface active agents from water,

1.3.5 Removal of BOD5 from sanitary wastewaters, and

1.3.6 Removal of TOC from industrial wastewaters.

1.4 The following safety caveat applies to the procedure
section of this practice: 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

2.1 ASTM Standards: 2
D 1129 Terminology Relating to Water
D 1193 Specification for Reagent Water
D 3370 Practices for Sampling Water from Closed Conduits
D 2652 Terminology Relating to Activated Carbon
D 2867 Test Method for Moisture in Activated Carbon
E 300 Practice for Sampling Industrial Chemicals.

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