Chemical Science and Permeability Resources
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has
updated two important resources for people in industry, academia,
or government. CSTL
at a glance gives a brief overview of NISTs Chemical Science and Technology
Laboratory and provides contact names and phone numbers for each
division. The brochure discusses specific projects, including
the new mitochondrial DNA Standard Reference Material from CSTLs
Biotechnology Division; the NIST WebBook, a quick source of chemical
data; and research to characterize self-assembled monolayers.
Contact: Laboratory Office (301/975-3143; fax: 301/975-3845; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The NIST Standard Reference Database on Reinforcement
Permeability Values is now available on the World Wide Web at
srdata.nist.gov/permeability. Once sold only on diskette, the database is now available for
free. This database currently serves as a repository for permeability
measurements, containing more than 100 data points measured at
NIST for different woven, random, stitched, and unidirectional
glass fabrics. Fiber volume percentages run from about 10 percent
to over 55 percent.
NACE International Conference
NACE International, The Corrosion Society, will address the pipeline
operator qualification issue as well as technical underground
corrosion solutions at CORROSION/2000, the organizations 55th
Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., March 26-31.
CORROSION/2000 will feature a variety of technical symposia that
have approximately 10 to 45 technical papers presented by experts
in the field of corrosion technology. NACE Group Committee T-10,
on Underground Corrosion Control will sponsor more than 10 technical
committee meetings to promote the exchange of ideas and technical
information in an informal setting. These meetings will focus
on topics such as measurement techniques, coating conductance,
deepwater anodes, and gas distribution. Contact: NACE International,
Membership Services Department, PO Box 218340, Houston, Texas
77218-8340 (281/228-6223; fax: 281/228-6239; e-mail: email@example.com); Web site: www.nace.org.
Rating the Last Century
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has named the Top
10 Civil Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century to remind
people of the tremendous impact engineering has had on our everyday
- Airport Design and Development
- Interstate Highway System
- Long-Span Bridges
- Rail Transportation
- Sanitary Landfills/Solid Waste Disposal
- Wastewater Disposal
- Water Supply and Distribution
- Water Transportation (Canals and Ports)
Cement and Concrete in RILEM
RILEM (the International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories
for Materials and Structures) has established four new technical
committees related to cement and concrete technology:
- Advanced Testing of Cement-Based Materials
During Setting and Hardening;
- Industrial Floors for Withstanding Harsh Environmental Attacks,
Including Repair and Maintenance;
- Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete Structures; and
- Predicting the Frost Resistance of HPC Structures Exposed to Numerous
Freezing and Thawing Cycles.
Contact: James H. Pielert at 301/975-6704.
PCI on the Move
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has moved its
headquarters to 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 500, Chicago, IL 60606
(312/786-0300; fax: 312/786-0353).
Happy Anniversary, IHS Engineering
IHS Groups Engineering Division, Englewood, Colo., celebrated
its 40th anniversary last fall. The division began in 1959 as
a provider of catalog databases on microfilm and today is a worldwide
publisher of Internet-accessible engineering, technical and regulatory
information solutions. At its inception, IHS Engineering introduced
an innovation to the aerospace engineering market: Vendor Specs
Microfilm File. This transfer of paper vendor catalogs to space-saving
microfilm began a paradigm shift in information distribution.
Of course, that database is still available todaynow in electronic
format. IHS has been a republisher of ASTM standards in both film
and electronic media since 1971.
U.K. Paint Research Association e-Publishes Paint Industry Newsletter
News of the Month is a feature available on the United Kingdoms
Paint Research Associations Web page at www.pra.org.uk. In addition, the bulletin is sent by e-mail to subscribers free
of charge. Monthly items includes news of general coatings industry
activities, news about PRA, highlights of PRA journal articles,
and a listing of conferences and exhibitions. //