||Workshop on Black Soot Phenomena
ASTM Subcommittees D22.05 on Indoor Air and E06.41 on Air Leakage
and Ventilation Performance are pleased to announce the workshop,
Investigation and Laboratory Analysis Techniques for Black Soot
Phenomena, to be held Monday, Oct. 23, 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the
Omni Rosen Hotel, Orlando, Fla.
The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Committee Week
meetings of D22 on Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres, and E06 on Performance of Buildings. Attendance is cost-free and open
to non-members. Registration is required; pre-registration is
In recent years, numerous complaints have been received on the
unexpected appearance of soot-like material in new or newly renovated
residential and commercial buildings. These stains form around
ventilation grilles, on carpets, walls, plastic objects, and other
materials. The workshop will provide a forum for discussion of
investigations and laboratory analysis of black soot samples
to assess the state-of-the-art methodologies used for field and
laboratory investigations. Standardization needs will also be
A tentative agenda at this time includes:
--Possible mechanisms to explain black soot phenomena;
--Overview of on-site investigation methodologies;
--Techniques and results of laboratory analysis of black soot;
--Methodologies, results, and the status of standardization; and
--Concluding comments and discussion.
Workshop co-chairs are Niren Nagda, Ph.D., ENERGEN Consulting,
Inc., Germantown, Md., the technical vice-chair of ASTM Committee
D22 on Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres, and David Ensor,
Ph.D., Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle, N.C., member,
ASTM Committee F01 on Electronics.
Registration ends Oct. 3. For general workshop details including
hotel accommodations, contact director George Luciw, ASTM (610/832-9710). Technical questions may be directed to Dr. Niren Nagda, ENERGEN Consulting, Inc., Md., (301/540-1300).
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