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The development of nondestructive testing standards for the aerospace industry is a key task that is critical and that is receiving increasing attention. The Aerospace Materials Division of SAE International (formerly, the Society of Automotive Engineers) (SAE) has traditionally prepared and maintained a series of Aerospace Materials Specifications (AMS) covering the various NDT methods and materials. They were under the technical cognizance of Committee B, Finishes, Processes and Fluids. Because of the increasing importance of this area of technology, a new Committee (Committee K, Nondestructive Methods and Processes) was formed a few years ago to better focus attention on these documents and to ensure that the appropriate technical experts would be available to provide the current specifications that are needed. As the Department of Defense (DOD) has emphasized more reliance on nongovernment industry consensus standards bodies to begin to provide documents to replace military and federal specifications, this task has become even more urgent. Since its inception, Committee K has begun working on the task of upgrading older documents and creating new ones that are badly needed. This presentation will highlight the history and accomplishment of Committee K to date and will outline its future plans to provide AMS documents covering all of the major nondestructive inspection methods.
nondestructive testing, standards, specifications, nongovernment industry standards, SAE Committee K, Aerospace Materials Specifications (AMS)
Chiefchairman, Materials Directorate, Wright LaboratorySAE, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
SpecialistChairman, American Airlines, Maintenance and Engineering CenterSAE, Tulsa, OK