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 November 2007
Tech News

Advanced Ceramics Committee Cosponsors Workshop

ASTM International Committee C28 on Advanced Ceramics and the American Ceramic Society are co-sponsoring a workshop, Needs and Opportunities for Strength and Fracture Standards at Micro- and Nano- Scales, on Jan. 27, 2008, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla. The workshop will occur in conjunction with the C28 meetings to be held Jan. 26-27 and with the American Ceramic Society’s 32nd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites to be held Jan. 27-Feb. 1.

The explosion of interest in micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) and nano-scaled structural devices and components has generated a demand for well-defined procedures and methods to evaluate their mechanical properties, particularly strength and fracture resistance. Without detailed, reliable, consensus-based test standards, the global nanomaterials community cannot effectively exchange the technical information required for rapid progress and commercialization of MEMS and NEMS.

This workshop will review the current state-of-the-art of strength and fracture resistance measurement methodologies for miniature test specimens and devices. The structure of the workshop will feature short and informal oral presentations about current activities and test methods under development, followed by a round-table discussion. Needs and opportunities for future work will be identified as well as topics suitable for pre-standardization and standardization activities.

Potential speakers are invited to contact the workshop organizers, Stephen Gonczy, Robert Cook and George Quinn. //


Technical Information: Stephen Gonczy, Gateway Materials,
Mount Prospect, Ill.
Phone: 847/870-1621

Robert Cook, National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Gaithersburg, Md.
Phone: 301/975-3207

George Quinn, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.
Phone: 301/975-5765

ASTM Staff: Joe Koury
Phone: 610/832-9804

Upcoming Meeting: Jan. 27, 2008
Daytona Beach, Fla.