Published: Jan 1977
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Nondestructive testing standards, recommended practices, specifications, procedures, definitions, and classifications are described in technical documents used by both producers and consumers. These documents provide the common language for the testing and evaluation of raw materials, products, structures, and components. Preparing technical documents which are acceptable to involved parties requires a major effort on the part of professional organizations and governmental agencies. Meeting the industrial need of maintaining pace with accepted test methods is a formidable task. Developing documents for new and evolving test methods is a challenge in technology, language, acceptance, patience, and perseverance. This article reviews the time and effort expended to develop acceptable recommended practices within the volunteer consensus mode followed by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
nondestructive tests, standards, technical writing
Manager, Nondestructive Testing, Battelle-Northwest, Richland, Wash