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Proposed Additive Manufacturing Standard to Help Assess Parts, Machines

ASTM International’s additive manufacturing technologies committee (F42) is developing a standard that could help quickly assess the quality of 3D-printed parts as well as the performance of laser beam powder bed fusion machines that print them. 

New Standard Aims to Help with Asphalt Repairs in Various Climates

A new ASTM International standard aims to help departments of transportation and other government agencies select the best hot-applied asphaltic materials to repair potholes and cracks in asphalt and hydraulic-concrete pavements. ASTM International’s road and paving materials committee (D04) developed the new standard, which will soon be published as D8260.

Proposed Standard Aims to Provide New Test for Flame-Resistant Clothing

ASTM International’s personal protective clothing and equipment committee (F23) is developing a standard (WK70964) that outlines a new way to evaluate flame-resistant clothing. 

According to members of the group, the proposed test method could help predict the potential for burn injuries for various materials used in garments and ensembles. 

New ASTM International Standard Supports Flame Retardants in Plastics

A new ASTM International standard will help determine whether certain flame retardants which reduce the flammability of plastics used in consumer products, construction materials, cars, and more are retained within the plastic.  

According to Marcelo Hirschler of GBH International, brominated flame retardants are helpful in stopping combustible plastics from igniting when exposed to a fire threat. They also decrease the fire intensity if one occurs, he adds. 

Proposed Geocells Standard Aims to Support Soil Stability in Road Projects

A proposed ASTM International standard will provide guidance for using geocells – open-celled geosynthetics that help hold soils and rocks in place – in roadway projects. Geocells are commonly used in road construction, earth retention, and other construction projects.  

New ASTM International Drone Pilot Training Standard Approved

A new ASTM International standard establishes minimum training requirements for drone pilots in the public safety arena who work remotely. 

New Petroleum Standard Aims to Provide Higher Quality Aviation Fuel

A new ASTM International standard aims to provide jet fuel refiners with a new way to evaluate fuel, ultimately supporting higher product quality and performance for plane engines.

According to ASTM International member Jody Clark, the new standard measures the total aromatic and polynuclear aromatic content in aviation and kerosene range fuels by supercritical fluid chromatography using a flame ionization detector (FID). 

New Standard Supports Disclosure Reporting to Inform Building Occupant Health

A new ASTM International standard will help the construction industry report potential exposure and related risks from installed building products in an occupied building. ASTM International’s sustainability committee (E60) developed the standard (soon to be published as E3182) to identify reporting elements related to potentially harmful substances in installed building products. This standard could help anyone preparing an occupant exposure screening report (OESR).  

New Standard Aims to Evaluate Soil Behavior

A new ASTM International test method will help evaluate soil behavior and soil structure interaction when placed under stress conditions. 

“It is important to understand and predict how soil might behave during earthquakes, explosions, or even machine or traffic vibrations,” according to Rune Dyvik, expert advisor in laboratory and model testing at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. “This test method will provide the small-strain soil stiffness data needed for evaluating such behavior.”

New ASTM International Standard Will Help Improve Spring Manufacturing

A new ASTM International standard will fill a longstanding need for a specification for cobalt-alloy spring wire.  

According to ASTM International member Jan Edwards, springs made from cobalt alloy wire are used in many types of machinery, particularly oil and gas industry equipment. Spring manufacturers and buyers, as well as wire making – also known as wire drawing – companies will be the primary users of the new standard.

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