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January 2009

HEADLINES... This month’s top stories:

Meet the New Chairman of the Board

Paul K. Whitcraft, director of quality, safety and engineering at Rolled Alloys Inc., a worldwide specialty metals supplier in Temperance, Mich., is the 2009 chairman of the ASTM International board of directors. A member of ASTM International for more than 30 years, he participates on several technical committees and received the ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow in 2002. To learn more about Paul and his work, check out the interview featured in the January/February issue of Standardization News.

Year of the Professor

2009 is the "Year of the Professor" at ASTM International. The goal of this academic outreach initiative is to promote the value of standards education at colleges and universities worldwide. Highlights of the Year of the Professor include college and university campus visits and training sessions by ASTM members and staff; online educational resources; access to affordable ASTM academic-oriented products; and the new ASTM International Professor of the Year Award for 2009. For more information about the Year of the Professor and news about other ASTM programs available to students and educators, visit the ASTM Campus. [Full story]

New Committee E58 on Forensic Engineering

ASTM International has announced the formation of Committee E58 on Forensic Engineering. ASTM Committee E58 will develop standards that promote awareness of the scientific, engineering, ethical and legal considerations inherent in forensic engineering investigations, reporting and testimony. E58 standards will help guide forensic engineers in conducting investigations in a robust manner while protecting overall public safety. The initial scope of Committee E58 activities will be driven by subcommittees on Product Defect Incidents, Vehicular Incidents, Electrical Incidents and Industrial Processes. Visit the ASTM Web site for more information on ASTM's newest committee. [Full story]

GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world:

Shanghai Delegates Visit ASTM

Celebrated annually each October, World Standards Day pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities and helps to raise awareness of the role that standards play in addressing national and global issues. Co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the theme of World Standards Day 2008 was “Intelligent and Sustainable Buildings.” At the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day held on Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C., ASTM staff members presented information about the new ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability. ASTM International also joined in the celebration of World Standards Day in Guangzhou, China, where Liu Fei, ASTM's chief representative in China, made a presentation at a forum on standards, sustainability and green buildings. Liu Fei discussed ASTM's standards development process and ASTM's work in China as well as trends in standardization activities around the world.

COMMITTEE NEWS... The latest from ASTM's technical committees:

TEMPS Task Group Seeks Participants
Participation is welcome in a task group within Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices that is developing a new standard for manufacturers of vascular graft tissue engineered medical products. Full story

Drug Packaging
Committee D10 is developing a new standard that will provide a quick and accurate method to minimize the necessary package testing of drug products. Full story

Pervious Concrete
The first in a series of Committee C09 test methods specific to pervious concrete is now available. Full story

Vacuum Cleaner Energy
Determining and potentially reducing the amount of energy expended by vacuum cleaners is the purpose of a new test method from Committee F11. Full story

Food Service Equipment
Requests from industry to develop a standard practice for determining the total cost of ownership for commercial food service equipment have led to the formation of the new Subcommittee F26.05. Full story

Plastic Piping Systems
A new standard being developed by Committee F17 will allow for the joining of copper and plastic piping materials. Full story

Waterproofing Sealant
Sealant manufacturers, installers, architects, engineers and consultants will find use in a new Committee C24 practice on adhesion of installed weatherproofing sealant joints using a rolling device. Full story

Knife-Edge Flanges
Primary users of Committee E42's new specification on dimensions of knife-edge flanges will be the electronics, aerospace and research industries. Full story

Natural Esters
A new Committee D27 test method will be used by natural ester insulating fluid manufacturers, transformer manufacturers and their customers to verify additive performance and as a means of quality control. Full story

EPDM Sheet Material
Committee D35 on Geosynthetics is developing a specification to fill the need for an international standard to ensure that EPDM sheet material received by customers is consistent regardless of the manufacturer. Full story

Galling Resistance
A new test method from Committee G02 on Wear and Erosion focuses on the galling resistance of unlubricated metals, in particular stainless steel. Full story

Oil Skimmer Systems
Committee F20 has developed a new test method that can be used to establish a realistic capacity for oil skimmer nameplates, which are are used to evaluate system performance for spill response planning standards. Full story

DID YOU KNOW?...Standards and Radon

Standards and Radon

Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that affects indoor air quality worldwide and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. To increase the public’s awareness of the hazards of radon and promote radon testing and mitigation, the Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. EPA encourages state radon programs to conduct special radon outreach activities and events across the United States during the month of January. EPA recommends the use of two ASTM International standards related to radon: ASTM E2121, Standard Practice for Installing Radon Mitigation Systems in Existing Low-Rise Residential Buildings, for residential radon mitigation, and ASTM E1465, Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings, for radon control in new residential construction. Both standards are under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E06.41 on Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance, part of ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. For additional information on protecting your loved ones from radon, visit More information on the ASTM standards that cover radon can be found on the ASTM Web site.

PUBLICATIONS... New publications from ASTM now available:

ASTM International Biodiesel Fuel Web Portal

ASTM International's Masonry Standards for the Building Industry: 6th Edition

ASTM Standards for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations in the Chemical Process Industry: 3rd Edition


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CALENDAR... Committee Weeks, Symposia and Workshops, TPTs: Technical Committee Meetings

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  • A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys
    Eighth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Developments in Rolling Bearing Steels and Testing
    May 21-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • C16 on Thermal Insulation
    Second Symposium on Heat-Air-Moisture Transport: Measurements and Implications in Buildings
    April 19-20, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • D18 on Soil and Rock
    Fourth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Sustainable Management and Remediation
    June 30-July 3, Dublin, Ireland

  • D22 on Air Quality
    2009 ASTM Johnson Conference: Standardization of Mold Response Procedures
    July 13-15, Burlington, VT

  • E08 on Fatigue and Fracture
    Ninth International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (37th ASTM National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics)
    May 20-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • F16 on Fasteners
    Workshop on the Effect of Coatings on the Structural Integrity of Fasteners
    May 20, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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