ASTM International 2015 Project Papers


    Andrew Nelson

    University of Iowa

    Development of an ASTM International Standard for Polonium-210 in Water

    The goal of the project was to standardize a method for the determination of Po-210 in environmental waters.


    Meredith McQuerry

    North Carolina State University

    Heat Transfer Model for Validation of a Heat Loss Test Method in Isothermal Conditions

    The project objectives were to: To validate the condensation, absorption, and fabric independency assumptions of the heat transfer model for predicted manikin heat loss measurements. To determine the effect of an impermeable membrane and multi-layer clothing system on the heat transfer model assumptions in isothermal conditions. And to analyze and conclude if any inherent bias or error is present in the current heat transfer model.


    Mostafa Yakout

    McMaster University (Canada)

    Additive Manufacturing of Metals

    The project goal was to manufacture aerospace parts using 5-axis CNC milling machines (subtractive process) and to fabricate similar aerospace parts using a SLM process. Then quantify the mechanical properties, dimensional accuracies, and surface roughness for both the machined and AM parts with the aim of enhancing the quality of AM metallic parts through refinement of material microstructure, dimensional accuracy and surface finish.


    Ebenezer Donkoh

    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)

    Study of the Effects of Aging Temperature and Time on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Sand Cast Alloys

    The objective of the project was to produce Al-Si-Cu, Al-Si-Mg aluminium casting alloys and subject them to the T6 heat treatment process to get the optimum mechanical properties required for the production of automobile parts.


    Lars Maxfield

    Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Self-Transfer Assistive Device for Hip and Knee Replacement Patients

    The project goal was to design a device (titled “Self-Transfer Assistive Device”) which allows hip and knee replacement patients to independently transfer from a sitting to a standing position.


    ASTM International 2014 Project Papers


    Daniel Berger, Caleb Dunne

    California Polytechnic State University

    Use of Bamboo in Place of Steel Reinforcement in CMU Walls for Out of Plane Loading

    The goal of the project was to observe the behavior of bamboo reinforcement in Concrete Masonry Unit walls when subjected to out of plane loading.


    Anthony Lemus

    Widener University

    Comparison of Dry Pack and Overpour Methods for Foundation Underpinning

    The project goal was to compare overpouring concrete for foundation underpinning with the common practice of dry packing and to establish a viable procedure for the overpour method.


    Luis Cavaco-Cruz

    University of Lisbon

    Handbook of Technical Portuguese

    The project goal was to create a language handbook that provides technical writing rules for translation and interpretation of technical information in Portuguese.


    Gopi Bylapudi

    Southern Illinois University

    Stress Corrosion Testing of ASTM A615 Grade 60 Steel in Simulated Underground Coal Mine Atmosphere

    The project goal was to complete a stress corrosion cracking study of the support system material commonly used in underground mines.


    Juan Pablo Gevaudan

    University of Colorado

    Characterization of Fly Ash for the Production of Geopolymer Cements

    The project goal was to maximize the environmental benefits of geopolymer-binder pervious concrete (GPC) by characterizing and optimizing their storm water pollutant removal mechanisms.


    ASTM International 2013 Project Papers


    Hessam Yazdani

    University of Oklahoma

    Sensor-Enabled Geogrids for Health Monitoring of Reinforced Soil Structures

    The project goal was to develop Sensor-Enabled Geosynthetics technology using laboratory tests and advanced computational simulations.


    Mohsen Seifi

    Case Western Reserve University

    Fatigue Crack Growth Properties of Al‐Mg Alloys after Long‐Time Low Temperature Exposures

    The project goal was to use the relevant ASTM standards to fully characterize the effects of sensitization on fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth properties.


    Harini Ramaswamy

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Exploring the Suitability of Auxetic Polyurethane Structures for Impact Protective Clothing Applications

    The project goal was to explore the impact protective properties of auxetic polyurethane foam sheets and their applications in functional clothing.


    Noam Eisen, Justin Yim, Richard Stutsman, Andrew Gagne

    University of Pennsylvania

    Fully Autonomous Landing of a Fixed-Wing UAS

    The project goal was to develop autonomous landing capability for a fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS).


    Usman Anwar, Hassaan Masood, Yasir Mehmood, Osama Bashir

    University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan

    Study of the Permeability of Rubberized Concrete With and Without Glass Fibers and Sealing Agent

    The project goal was to produce rubber aggregates, optimize dosage of rubber aggregates and glass fibers to improve permeability, and study the effects of adding these materials on strength and ductility properties of concrete.


    ASTM International 2012 Project Papers


    Nicholas Parrotta, Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, Niko Vladimirov

    University of Pennsylvania

    Titan: A Powered, Upper Body Exoskeleton

    The project goal was to design an untethered, powered, upper body exoskeleton for use in the fields of rehabilitation and therapeutic application, as well as occupations requiring augmented strength.


    Janet Gbur

    Case Western Reserve University

    Mechanical Characterization of 316 LVM Wires

    The project goal was to complete comparative study of flex bending fatigue and rotating bending fatigue and its utility in fatigue testing for biomedical applications.


    Ahmed Arabi Hassen, Jonathan Boyd

    University of Alabama

    Interface for Ultrasonic C-Scan System

    The project goal was to build the electronic interface for the ultrasonic C-scan to communicate with the ultrasonic pulser-receiver system. The machine will be able to acquire, record and analyze the ultrasonic data through x-y-z motion.


    Scott James, Satchi Venkataraman

    San Diego State University

    Local Deformations and Failure Mechanisms in Tapered Sandwich Core Closeouts

    The project goal of this investigation was to develop experimental methods for the investigation and quantification of local deformation and failure mechanisms in tapered sandwich core closeouts using full field deformation and strain characterization methods.


    Yibin Zhang

    University of Pennsylvania

    Expandable Endotracheal Tube for Veterinary Patients

    The project goal was to design an endotracheal tube to harmlessly penetrate any tiny opening in the airway and expand and then seal upon entrance to allow for the flow of gases. This device could be used in both human and veterinary patients when immediate access is required for emergency resuscitation procedures, including cases of trauma, oral or airway cancer or in intubating the trachea of morbidly obese patients.


    ASTM International 2011 Project Papers


    Harry E. Bundy, Jr.

    Texas A&M University

    A Method for Injection Molding (1.5 in. — 4 in.) or (38 mm — 101.6 mm) thick Composite Pistons for use in Pressurized Cylinder Applications

    The project goal was to develop and define a cost effective manufacturing method for molding composite hydraulic pistons capable of meeting ASTM standards and those of the hydraulics industry.


    Elana Green, Iris Chu, Conor O’Brien, Sanket Gandhi, Qin He

    University of Pennsylvania

    Solar Cook Stove with Energy Storage

    The project team will build a collector, with the main goal being to use a phase change material to accomplish thermal energy storage overnight.


    ASTM International 2010 Project Papers


    Manik Pavan Maheswaram, Dhruthiman R. Mantheni, Shravan Singh Thakur

    Cleveland State University

    Universal Standard Protocol for Temperature and Material Characterization Calibration with Pharmaceuticals

    The project goal was to develop a test procedure based on multiple thermal analytical methods and extend the selection of calibrants to active pharmacy ingredients. The work incorporated ASTM International standards from Committees E37 on Thermal Measurements and E11 on Quality and Statistics.


    Xue Liu, Rhoda Kuziez

    Saint Louis University

    Ergonomic Assessment of Computer Workstations for Students, Employees, and Faculty Members at Saint Louis University, School of Public Health

    The project team used the funds to conduct a user survey, conduct a statistical analysis, and implement proposed ergonomic solutions. ASTM International standards Committees E34 on Occupational Health and Safety and E11 on Quality and Statistics were referenced.


    Paul Sisneros, Peng Yang

    University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

    Investigations of Carbon Fiber Bicycle Forks for ASTM Standard Development

    The goal of the project was to advance the knowledge of failure processes in carbon fiber bicycle parts and to advance the state of ASTM test standards currently under development. The study incorporated several ASTM International standards within Committee F08’s Bicycle Subcommittee F08.10.