HEADLINES... This month’s top stories:
New Biodiesel Specifications Published
Four standards now available from ASTM International provide quality assurance for biodiesel — a fuel used in freight trucks, buses, boats, ships and more. The new and revised ASTM biodiesel standards include: ASTM D975-08a, Specification for Diesel Fuel Oils; ASTM D396-08b, Specification for Fuel Oils; and ASTM D7467-08, Specification for Diesel Fuel Oil, Biodiesel Blend (B6 to 20). In addition, ASTM D6751-08, Specification for Biodiesel Fuel Blend Stock (B100) for Middle Distillate Fuels, was revised to include a requirement that controls minor compounds using a new cold soak filterability test. Engine companies, vehicle manufacturers, pipeline operators, biodiesel and petroleum companies will use the group of specifications for fuel preparation, quality checking, engine design, and bid and purchasing contracts.[Full story]
New ASTM Committee on Sustainability
ASTM International has announced the formation of Committee E60 on Sustainability. This new standards development initiative results from the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and cross-industry stakeholders who share mutual goals for global sustainable development. The initial scope of Committee E60 will be driven by subcommittees on Building and Construction, Hospitality and General Sustainability Standards. Committee E60 will build upon the vast body of work of multiple ASTM technical committees who have developed standards that address various issues of sustainability. Click here for more information on this new committee. [Full story]
Applications for Mather Scholarship
ASTM is currently seeking nominees for the 2009 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship. Administered by Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the scholarship applies to students pursuing degrees in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction. Full-time undergraduate students completing at least their second/sophomore year or graduate students in cement or concrete materials technology are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.
ASTM Graduate Scholarship
A new ASTM scholarship opportunity is available for students. The ASTM International Graduate Scholarship rewards up to four graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest or involvement with ASTM standards. Each recipient of the graduate scholarship shall receive $10,000 to be used for their educational expenses, including tuition, books, fees and materials. For more information, visit the Campus section of the ASTM Web site.
GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world:
New MOU Signing
ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), the national standards body of the United Arab Emirates. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. To date, 62 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ESMA/ASTM MOU signing and ASTM MOU program.
World Standards Day
Celebrated annually each October, World Standards Day pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities and helps to raise awareness of the role that standards play in addressing national and global issues. Co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the theme of World Standards Day 2008 was “Intelligent and Sustainable Buildings.” At the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day held on Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C., ASTM staff members presented information about the new ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability. ASTM International also joined in the celebration of World Standards Day in Guangzhou, China, where Liu Fei, ASTM's chief representative in China, made a presentation at a forum on standards, sustainability and green buildings. Liu Fei discussed ASTM's standards development process and ASTM's work in China as well as trends in standardization activities around the world.
COMMITTEE NEWS... The latest from ASTM's technical committees:
Inflatable Air Mattresses
A new specification from Committee F15 will help manufacturers label their product to warn consumers of the hazard of suffocation on soft or deflating mattresses. [Full story]
CCRL Calibration Standards
Two new calibration standards for use with X-ray fluorescence equipment in the chemical analysis of hydraulic cement are now available from the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL). [Full story]
A request from the United States Navy was the impetus behind the development of a new test method from Committee E12 on Color and Appearance. [Full story]
All interested parties are encouraged to participate in the development of a new Committee B01 standard that will cover the specifics for a tin-plated copper conductor intended to achieve solderability. [Full story]
Installers of plumbing systems using PEX and PE-RT polyethylene pipe will be the primary users of a new specification from Committee F17. [Full story]
All interested parties, particularly end users from the forensics sciences, are encouraged to join in the development of a new Committee E13 guide on relative intensity correction of raman spectrometers. [Full story]
Solar Energy Applications
Committee G03 on Weathering and Durability has approved a new solar spectral standard for fenestration applications. [Full story]
DID YOU KNOW?...Smokeout and Standards
Cigarettes and Fire Safety
Since 1977, the American Cancer Society has encouraged smokers across the U.S. to take part in their Great American Smokeout, which is held annually on the third Thursday of November. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises awareness of the dangers of smoking. The Smokeout has led to many programs and new smoke-free laws that are saving lives. A member of the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, ASTM International has developed a standard that has been incorporated into many laws and also contributes to saving lives by preventing smoking-related fires. Ignition-resistant cigarettes that perform well in ASTM E2187, Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes, are less likely to start fires when left unattended. ASTM E2187 has already been adopted in the majority of U.S. states and nationwide in Canada, where the standard is also available in French, and Finland has proposed that all cigarettes sold in that country be tested using ASTM E2187. Events like the Great American Smokeout and ASTM standards such as E2187 hope to reduce the injuries and deaths associated with smoking worldwide.
PUBLICATIONS... New publications from ASTM now available:
ASTM Standards for Welding
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CALENDAR... Committee Weeks, Symposia and Workshops, TPTs: Technical Committee Meetings
Upcoming ASTM Committee Week Meetings
Upcoming Symposia & Workshops
- A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys
Workshop on Recent Trends in New Sheet Steels and Global Standards for Sheet Steels
Nov. 17, St. Louis, MO
- D04 on Road and Paving Materials
Workshop on Mercury-in-Glass Thermometers, Thermometric Measuring Devices, and Manometers
Dec. 9, Miami Beach, FL
- E05 on Fire Standards
Symposium on Advances in the State of the Art of Fire Testing
Dec. 11, Miami Beach, FL
- E08 on Fatigue and Fracture
Workshop on Exploration of Testing Variables on Fatigue Crack Nucleation Behavior
Nov. 19, St. Louis, MO
- E08 on Fatigue and Fracture/F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices
E08-F04 Workshop on What's Available in Fatigue Lifetime Predictive Software
Nov. 19, St. Louis, MO
- E28 on Mechanical Testing/E08 Fatigue and Fracture
E28-E08 Workshop on Instrumented Charpy Testing Using Notched, Precracked and Miniature Specimens
Nov. 16, St. Louis, MO
- F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices
Workshop on the Future of Arthroplasty Standards: Planning for the Next Five Years
Nov. 18, St. Louis, MO
- F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices
Workshop on Explant Shipping: The Black Hole between Explantation and Analysis
Nov. 18, St. Louis, MO
Upcoming Technical & Professional Training (TPT) Courses
- Aviation Fuels
Nov. 18-20, Las Vegas, NV
- Continuity of Care Record (CCR): Emerging Standards and Best Practices for Health Data Portability and Interoperability
Nov. 11, Seattle, WA
- Diesel Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods
Nov. 18-20, Houston, TX
- Fire Hazards In Oxygen Systems
Nov. 18-19, Cocoa Beach, FL
- Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology
Nov. 11-13, San Antonio, TX
- Major Testing Techniques for Plastics: an Introduction
Nov. 11-13, Savannah, GA
- Marine Fuels
Nov. 11-13, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Processes
Nov. 12-14, Albuquerque, NM
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Practices for Commercial Real Estate: Transaction Screen & Phase I Site Assessment
Nov. 11-12, West Conshohocken, PA
Nov. 18-19, Las Vegas, NV
- Property Condition Assessments
Nov. 11-12, Dallas, TX
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