a. The determination of the elements contained in a compound, as distinguished from proximate analysis, which is the determination of the compounds contained in a mixture. Standard, 2
b. In the case of coal and coke, the determination of carbon and hydrogen in the material, as found in the gaseous products of its complete combustion, the determinations of sulfur, nitrogen, and ash in the material as a whole, and the calculation of oxygen by difference. ASTM
c. The principal reason for the ultimate analysis of coal is for the classification of coals according to rank, although it is often used for commercial and industrial purposes when it is most desirable to know the sulfur content of coal. Also known as total analysis of coal. Cooper
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