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Round-Robin Participants Sought for B368 CASS Test

Subcommittee B08.10 on Test Methods has initiated a round robin to study mass loss data for nickel panels.

The subcommittee seeks round-robin participants who perform the CASS Test in ASTM B 368, Standard Test Method for Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt Spray (Fog) Testing (CASS Test). “Nickel panels will be provided and participants will be asked to run a 22-hour test and return their data to the program coordinator,” says ASTM member Cindy Meade, a marketing director for National Exposure Testing, Sylvania, Ohio. Meade will provide the nickel panels for use in the study. Participants will be asked to collect data and complete a detailed questionnaire. ASTM membership is not required.

“There’s a lot of controversy over the nickel panel mass loss in the standard,” says Meade, who chairs ASTM Subcommittee G01.05 on Laboratory Corrosion Tests in Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals. Questions have been raised about variability from chamber to chamber, she says. The committee will use resulting study data to improve and clarify the standard.

To participate in the study, contact Cindy Meade, marketing director, National Exposure Testing, Sylvania, Ohio (phone: 419/841-1065). Subcommittee B08.10 is part of ASTM Committee B08 on Metallic and Inorganic Coatings. Committee B08 meets Oct. 9-11 in West Conshohocken, Pa. For meeting or membership details, contact Dan Schultz, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations (phone: 610/ 832-9716). //

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