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Among the many phases of our technological work which attained such rapid acceleration during the war period was the increase of the evidence pointing toward certain deficiencies in some of our methods of testing. This realization came about not because the tests in themselves were at fault, but rather because the tests which were used did not adequately evaluate the serviceability of the material on the job. This cold fact is most startling, and brings forth the realization that, if we cannot devise an expedient method of test which will directly correlate with service performance, then we should begin at the other extreme—that of the service test—and try to resolve the differences. With this situation in mind, the Society has established the Administrative Committee on Simulated Service Testing, charged with the obligation of resolving many of these differences between present test methods and service performance. Already the committee has entered the fields of fatigue testing and structural materials, and many more are in progress.
Wyman, L. L.
Chairman of A.S.T.M. Administrative Committee on Simulated Service Testing. Research Metallurgist, General Electric Co., Schenectady, N. Y.