February 2000

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New Guide Available for Selecting Aerospace
and General Adhesives and Sealants
JUST RELEASED, ASTM D 6465, Standard Guide for Selecting Aerospace and General Purpose Adhesives and Sealants, will benefit sealant users as well as those developing bonding requirements for products. Notably, by referencing D 6465 users will be in compliance with Pollution Prevention Act EO 12856 and minimize use of adhesive and sealants containing hazardous materials such as carcinogens and ozone depleting chemicals.

“This guide will be a useful tool for selecting adhesives and sealants that are environmentally acceptable and provide for worker safety, while at the same time meeting the performance requirements of the various users,” says Steve Younis, a consultant with Conceptual Engineering Group, Inc., Franklin, Mass. Younis chaired the task group that developed Guide D 6465 within Subcommittee D14.60 on Adhesive Material Classification System, part of Committee D14 on Adhesives.

D 6465 will benefit all branches of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel involved in selecting adhesives and sealants for military aircraft, tanks, weapons, and general purpose applications. Its extensive procedural tables list specific applications for individual uses, and provides compatibility of products and processes, such as adherent/substrate cleaning and preparation. Worker safety and health requirements are also described.

ASTM Standards are available from Customer Service
(610/832-9585) or through the Web site.

For further technical information, contact Steve Younis, Conceptual Engineering Group, 8 Haverstock Rd., Franklin, MA 02038-2615 (508/533-6418; fax: 508/533-7963). Committee D14 meets April 10-12 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, during ASTM Committee Week. For meeting or membership details, contact D14 Staff Manager Len Morrissey, ASTM (610/832-9730).