||Transportation Gaskets Stakeholders Sought to Develop Standards
Gaskets stakeholders are sought to develop property standards
with ASTM Task Group F03.95.03 on Gasket Material Characterization
for Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The task group invites engineers,
worldwide, specializing in gaskets for transportation, particularly
in the automotive area.
Members of the Society of Automotive Engineers gasket committees
are encouraged to join the ASTM task group, which intends to complement
its efforts with SAE. Also sought are manufacturers of gasket
materials, and finite-element-analysis software retailers, designers,
The group will develop property standards that enable users of
finite element analysis to insert required property values in
their equations and conduct a credible finite element analysis,
according to Pete Petrunich, the task group chairman.
Our initial effort is to put a matrix together of itemsproperties
needed, materials used, software employedso that we understand
what body of information we currently have and what needs we see
already in terms of these properties, Petrunich said.
The new group became official last fall when Committee F03 on Gaskets met in Dallas. Petrunich, who is technical director
of the Fluid Sealing Association, Wayne, Pa., explained how standards
developed by ASTM can benefit users as well as the gasket industry.
The initial drive is the auto industry, he said, because there
is a perceived need in that industry, and in the transportation
industry in general, to define and analyze gasket characteristics
using finite element analysis. However, needs of the industrial
sector will also be investigated.
Will this make life easier for users and gasket manufacturers?
Yes, he explained. It allows for better definition of application
and performance needs and therefore better definition of which
products meet performance requirements.
Part of ASTM Planning Subcommittee F03.95, the task group will
cover finite-element-analysis issues for soft gasket material,
molded rubber, and other material types, to advance their selection,
behavior, and service-life prediction.
For further technical details, contact Peter S. Petrunich, Fluid Sealing Association, Simpsonville, S.C. (phone: 864/234-6626).
Committee F03 meets April 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas. For membership
or meeting information, contact Staff Manager Jim Olshefsky, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9714). //
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