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Stakeholders Needed to Develop Guide for Coated Metal Gaskets

ASTM Committee F03 on Gaskets seeks users of coated metal gaskets to balance a task group of producers charged with developing a test reference for specific gasket applications.

Currently, the task group consists of producers of composite and coated metal gasket materials. “Users of coated metal gaskets are needed to ensure that the task group includes all relevant test methods in the guide and, more importantly, to help set a test standard development direction for the task group,” says member Doug Guimond, director of Technology, Engineered Composite Materials Business Unit, Hollingsworth and Vose Company, East Walpole, Mass.

“Over the past 10 years there has been a shift to coated metal gaskets for OE automotive head gasket applications,” he says. “During that period, companies have developed and/or used various test methods to characterize these types of gaskets and generally relied on engine testing for final validation. As a result of this shift in technology, many of the F03 test standards are simply not applicable to these types of gaskets and the guide is an important first step for F03 to address this segment of the market.”

The guide will provide producers and users of coated metal gaskets with valuable reference information for characterizing these materials prior to doing a full scale engine validation, Guimond says. It will also help the task group to determine those areas in which the development of an ASTM test standard may be needed.

To join the task group or comment, contact Doug Guimond, Engineered Composite Materials Business Unit, Hollingsworth and Vose Company, East Walpole, Mass. (phone: 508/668-0295). Committee F03 meets Oct. 15-17, 2002 in Norfolk, Va., and Oct. 21-23, 2003 in Tampa, Fla. For meeting or membership details, contact Joe Hugo, manager of Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9740). //

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