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Proposed ASTM International Standard Will Test Water Retention of Stored Insulation

ASTM International’s thermal insulation committee (C16) is developing a proposed standard (WK67790) that will help determine the amount of water retained by flat specimens of rigid thermal insulation after immersion and drying. 

Proposed Forensic Sciences Standard Defines Terminology Related to Explosives Analysis

ASTM International’s forensic sciences committee (E30) is developing a proposed standard that will compile terms and definitions related to the analysis of explosives. 

Forensic science practitioners, students, trainees, and those involved in legal matters will use the proposed standard (under development as WK56998). 

New ASTM International Standard Will Aid Design and Monitoring of Graphite Components for Molten Salt Reactors

A new ASTM International standard will help in the design and monitoring of graphite components for molten salt design nuclear reactors.  Building on ASTM standard D8091, which presents guidelines on how to impregnate graphite with molten salt, a new standard  has been developed by ASTM’s committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02) which provides a guide on how to measure the strength of impregnated graphite at elevated temperatures. 

New Standard Will Help Determine Maneuverability of Automatic Unmanned Ground Vehicles

A new ASTM International standard will be used to quantitatively evaluate the maneuverability, repeatability, and accuracy of an automatic unmanned ground vehicle (A-UGV) when docking at defined locations in confined areas. ASTM’s committee on driverless automatic guide industrial vehicles (F45) developed the standard.

New ASTM International Standard Will Help Test Hardness of Metallic Instruments

A new ASTM International standard describes a hardness test method based on measurement of indentation depth into test material. The instruments covered in the new standard, developed by ASTM’s committee on mechanical testing (E28), are used by the oil and gas, transportation, and machinery and tooling industries.

These instruments referenced in the standard, which will soon be published as E3246, are generally portable and cover an application range not served by instruments standardized in other test methods.

New ASTM International Aviation Standard Will Help Determine Airplane Load Data

A new ASTM International standard will be helpful in determining load data for small airplanes. ASTM’s general aviation aircraft committee (F44) developed the new standard, which will soon be published as F3498. 

According to ASTM International member A.K.M. Haque, the new standard will be used by aircraft manufacturers to certify new designs; aircraft repair and modification organizations to certify changes to aircraft; and regulatory agencies that need to approve changes submitted by applicants. 

New ASTM International Standard Helps Determine Abrasion Coating Resistance on Smart Devices

A new ASTM International standard will be used to help determine the abrasion resistance of coatings on the touchscreens of smart devices. ASTM’s committee on paint and related coatings, materials, and applications (D01) developed the new standard, which will soon be published as D8380. 

Proposed Forensics Standard Will Focus on Characterization of Polymeric Materials

ASTM International’s forensic sciences committee (E30) is developing a proposed standard to guide laboratories that characterize or compare polymeric materials, such as fiber, paint, or tape forensic evidence.

Proposed Water Sports Standard Will Determine Bend Resistance of Water Skis

ASTM International’s snow and water sports committee (F27) is developing a standard that will be used to determine how resistant a water ski is to permanent bending. The proposed standard (WK69725) will also be used to test the basic strength of skis.

ASTM International Seeks Written Submissions and Participants in Revision of Sensory Claims Standard

ASTM International’s sensory evaluation committee (E18) invites all interested parties to participate in revising its guide for sensory claim substantiation (E1958). Participation can take the form of a written submission or active involvement in revision of the standard.

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