UOP 1005-14 - 1.3.2014
1. Scope

This method is for determining the concentrations of aluminum (Al), arsenic (As), calcium (Ca), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), gallium (Ga), lead (Pb), lithium (Li), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), nickel (Ni), palladium (Pd), phosphorus (P), platinum (Pt), potassium (K), sodium (Na), strontium (Sr), tin (Sn), titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), zinc (Zn), and zirconium (Zr), in organic matrices such as crude petroleum, asphalts, vacuum tower bottoms, vacuum gas oils, atmospheric gas oils, diesel and jet fuels and their blending components, pyrolysis oils, and fatty acid derivatives by Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS). The lower limits of quantitation for the above elements, are listed in Table 1. Determination of additional elements is possible if they are compatible with other analytes during digestion.

Alternatively, many of the elements listed above can be determined using UOP Method 389, “Trace Metals in Organics by ICP-OES.” Some of the elements listed above may be analyzed by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS). See UOP Method 391, “Trace Metals in Petroleum Products or Organics by AAS,” for specific metals and their range of quantitation. Metals known to be nonvolatile may be analyzed by UOP Method 407, “Trace Metals in Organics by Dry Ashing - ICPOES.” Many of these elements can be determined in kerosene using ASTM Method D7111, “Determination of Trace Elements in Middle Distillate Fuels by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES).”