||Gaskets Task Force Invites International Participation
A new FEA (finite element analysis) Task Force in ASTM Committee
F03 on Gaskets will investigate standards development related to
FEA for soft gasket material and molded rubber. The driving force
behind the group is to advance the science of gasketing internationally
for those involved with the selection, behavior, and service-life
prediction of these gaskets. Chaired by F03 member Pete Petrunich,
Fluid Sealing Association, Wayne, Pa., the group is part of Planning
All are invited to the next planning session, Oct. 23, Dallas,
Texas, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during ASTM Committee Week.
Participation by test-lab technicians, engineers, analysts, producers,
users, and those involved with gasket behavior and service-life
prediction is sought. Non-members are encouraged to attend; the
agenda will include reports, discussions, possible presentations,
and progress for the preparation of meaningful standards. Those
wishing to give presentations must submit titles and abstracts
by Sept. 1.
Projected activities of the FEA group include property analysis
of compressive strength relaxation, time and temperature dependency,
coefficient of friction, cyclic loading, and perhaps biaxial extension.
Other dynamic properties such as complex non-linear descriptions
of behavior will be examined to ultimately determine appropriate
boundary conditions in support of FEA for non- hyperelastic materials;
the role of F03 will involve material properties. These activities
will furnish the transportation and industrial sectors served
by Committee F03 by illustrating weaknesses in applications and
signaling what subsequent improvements should be made.
As technical services director of the Fluid Sealing Association,
task force chairman Petrunich has ties to FSA members representing
85 percent of the manufacturing capacity for fluid sealing devices
in North America, and companies in South America, Europe, and
Asia. ASTM Committee F03, in concert with the FSA, seeks to expand
the optimum use of fluid sealing devices through the use and acceptance
of F03 standards worldwide.
By encouraging international participation in the writing of
gasket standards, F03 recognizes gains of a higher quality level
document with an enhanced technical benefit, said F03 recording
secretary Mike T. Passarella, president of MTP and Associates,
a specialty consultant for the gasket/ seals, composites, plastics,
and adhesive industries. We create in effect, world-class documents
through international consensus, he concluded.
For further technical details, contact Mike T. Passarella, Columbus, Ohio (phone: 614/ 459-5104). Committee F03 meets Oct.
23-25 in Dallas, Texas. For membership or meeting information,
contact Staff Manager Jim Olshefsky, ASTM (phone: 610/ 832-9714). //
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