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SGS performs analytical services for a wide range of commodities, including:

  • Coal
  • Fertilizers
  • Biofuels
  • Precious metals
  • Base metals
  • Industrial minerals
  • Radioactive and rare earth elements

A large number of our laboratories carry internationally and industry recognized accreditations and use ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) methods for a comprehensive range tests.

SGS is a trusted leader in testing and analytical services. We are internationally recognized for our fit-for-purpose testing and high testing standards. Analytical professionals working in our global network of fully-equipped, independent laboratories conduct tests under the strictest quality controls. The following tests are a highlight of the full scope of tests performed in SGS laboratories under compliance with standard ASTM and US EPA methods:

Test Number
Analysis of Reformed Gas ASTM D1946-90(2006)
Apparent Specific Gravity ASTM D167
Ash Analysis ASTM D3174,
ASTM D5142
Ash Chemical Composition ASTM D2795,
ASTM 3682
Carbon Analysis ASTM D5373
Chlorine Determination in Coal
by the Oxygen Bomb Combustion
ASTM D4208
Coke Reactivity CRI / CSR ASTM D5341-99
Cubic Foot Weight Test ASTM D291
Determination of Phosphorus Content -
Ash Base or Coal Base
ASTM D2795
Drop Shatter ASTM D440
Equilibrium Moisture Analysis ASTM D1412
Extraction Procedure (EP) Toxicity Test US EPA 1310
Fixed Carbon ASTM D5142
Fluorine Analysis ASTM D3761
Forms of Sulfur ASTM D2492
Free Swelling Index (FSI) ASTM D720
Froth Flotation (Batch) ASTM D5114
Fusibility of Coal and Coke Ash -
Reducing Temp & Oxidizing Temp
ASTM D1857
Gieseler Fluidity ASTM D2639
Grading ASTM C33.10 (#57)
Gross Calorific Value (GCV) ASTM D5865
Hardgrove Grindability Index (HGI) ASTM D409
Humidity Cell Testing ASTM D5744-07e1
Hydrogen Analysis ASTM D5373
Los Angeles Abrasion Test ASTM C131,
Major & Minor Elements in Coal (ICP) ASTM D6349
Mercury Analysis ASTM D3684
Micum Test Indices ASTM D3402-93
Moisture Content ASTM D2216,
ASTM D3173
Multiple Extraction Procedure US EPA 1320
Net Calorific Value Analysis ASTM D5865
Nitrogen Analysis ASTM D5373
Organic Sulfur Analysis ASTM D2492
Oxidation Index ASTM D5263
Phosphorous Analysis ASTM D2795
Porosity (Coke) ASTM D167-93
Potential Reactivity ASTM C289
Proximate Analysis ASTM D3172,
ASTM 3173,
ASTM 3174,
ASTM 3175
Pyritic Sulfur Determination ASTM D2492
Rainfall Leach ASTM D3987
Sample Preparation ASTM D2013
Sieve Analysis ASTM C136
Sieve Test ASTM D4749
Size Analysis ASTM D293
Soundness (NaSO4) ASTM C88
Specific Gravity & Absorption ASTM D2216
Specific Gravity (Coke) ASTM D167-93
Stability / Hardness (Coke) ASTM D3402
Standard Test Method for
Shake Extraction of Solid Waste with Water
ASTM D3987
Sulfur as Sulfate Analysis ASTM D2492
Sulfur Determination in Coal by the Bomb Wash ASTM D3177
Sulfur In Ash (SO3) ASTM D5016
Superficial Moisture Analysis ASTM D3302
Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure US EPA 1312
Total Moisture ASTM D2961,
ASTM 3302,
ASTM D5142
Total Sulfur Determination ASTM D4239
Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure
US EPA 1311
Trace Elements Analysis (ICP) ASTM D6357
True Specific Gravity ASTM D167
Tumble Drum (Wet or Dry) ASTM D441
Ultimate Analysis ASTM D3176
Volatile Matter Analysis ASTM D3175,
ASTM D5142,
ASTM D4239
Washability / Float and Sink ASTM D4371
Water Soluble Alkalis ASTM D3682

Globally, SGS provides a full range of testing services in accordance with internationally recognized standards. Contact SGS for accurate results for all of your testing needs.