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Advanced Ceramics Committee Creates Applications Subcommittee

ASTM Committee C28 on Advanced Ceramics is currently seeking participation in a new subcommittee, C28.04 on Applications. According to subcommittee chair Dave Carruthers, C28.04 was established in 2003 to focus on identifying new or existing advanced ceramic applications for which new consensus performance test standards are needed for commercial success.

“The subcommittee is striving to obtain input from the community on needs and priorities, and on the availability of stakeholders to participate in standards development,” says Carruthers. The subcommittee has identified several areas in which new testing standards may be beneficial, including nano-ceramics, coatings, electronics, porous applications, fuel cells, armor, sensors and actuators, and thermal systems. The subcommittee is currently identifying interested stakeholders, including developers, manufacturers, users, academicians, and evaluators. Involvement is being sought by making contacts with individuals, as well as working with existing technical and trade organizations, such as the American Ceramic Society, the United States Fuel Cell Council, the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance and the United States Advanced Ceramic Association.

In addition to making these contacts, C28.04 has developed a Web-based survey in which stakeholders in any advanced ceramic application can register their needs, priorities, and availability.

According to initial responses from the survey, fuel cell and porous applications will be important topics for the subcommittee. The need for standards for testing individual and stack solid oxide fuel cell efficiencies and seal leakage has resulted in the formation of a SOFC task group, chaired by Charles Lewinsohn, Ceramatec Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah. Porous applications, such as molten metal and diesel engine particulate filters and porous electrolytes, are expected to benefit from standards addressing strength, thermal conductivity and porosity.
Subcommittee C28.04 held three workshops in conjunction with the annual American Ceramic Society meeting in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in January of this year. The workshops addressed the purpose, organization and standards development activities within ASTM and Committee C28 and provided attendees the opportunity to discuss needs for fuels cells, porous ceramic, and other applications.

For further technical information, contact Dave Carruthers, Dave Carruthers and Associates, Battle Ground, Wash. (phone: 360/687-7563). Committee C28 meets Jan. 22-23, 2005, in conjunction with the American Ceramic Society in Cocoa Beach, Fla. For membership or meeting details, contact Carolyn Sheahan, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9804). //

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