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Fatigue and Fracture Committee Develops New ASTM Standard Guide to Verify Computer Data

Verifying the results of application software used to calculate the mechanical properties of materials is the subject of a new standard developed by ASTM International Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture. The new standard, E 2443, Guide for Verifying Computer-Generated Test Results Through the Use of Standard Data Sets, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E08.03 on Advanced Apparatus and Techniques.

New Soccer Headgear Standard to Evaluate Head Protection Products

Minor head injuries among soccer players are more common than have been previously recognized, according to a series of recent studies. In one such study conducted by McGill University, it was found that more than 60 percent of college soccer players surveyed had concussion symptoms over the course of a single year. Another study by the National Institutes of Health estimated that 90 percent of sports-related concussions were not recognized or diagnosed.

Fuels and Lubricants Analysis Volume Now Available from ASTM International

STP 1468, Elemental Analysis of Fuels and Lubricants: Recent Advances and Future Prospects, is a new publication now available for purchase from ASTM International. Included in the volume are 23 peer-reviewed papers that provide the latest information on the elemental analysis of fuels and lubricants.

Six sections cover the following topics:

New Test Method Presents Means to Determine Superplastic Forming Properties

A new ASTM International standard will assist aerospace companies that are purchasing fine grain titanium alloys. The standard, E 2448, Test Method for Determining the Superplastic Properties of Metallic Sheet Materials, has been developed by ASTM Subcommittee E28.02 on Ductility and Flexure Testing, which is under the jurisdiction of Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing.

ASTM International Committee on Process Analytical Technology Establishes New Subcommittee on Pharmaceutical Standards

ASTM International Committee E55 on Pharmaceutical Application of Process Analytical Technology has created a new subcommittee, E55.03 on General Pharmaceutical Standards, which will address issues on quality within a broad framework of chemistry, manufacturing and control.

ASTM International Announces Availability of Passport to Steel Product

The new online "Passport to Steel" now available from ASTM International provides the latest data on more than 50,000 steels with the ability to find comparable worldwide steel standards from organizations around the globe. Several search options, including product forms and alloy groups, make it easy to find needed information quickly. In addition, a Reference Center provides additional related information, including journal articles and book chapters, hardness conversion tables, and metal terminology in four languages.

Gypsum Committee Develops ASTM Standard for Abuse-Resistant Panel Products

Although abuse-resistant gypsum panel products have been on the market for sometime, until recently, there was no standard way to evaluate or classify their various abuse-resistant properties. However, a new standard developed by ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems, now fills this need. The standard, C 1629, Classification for Abuse-Resistant Nondecorated Interior Gypsum Panel Products and Fiber-Reinforced Cement Panels, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee C11.01 on Specifications and Test Methods for Gypsum Products.

Applications Are Being Accepted for ASTM Internationals Mather Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2006 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship. Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the scholarship applies to students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology.

Standards for Powered Scooters and Skateboards Are Subject of New ASTM Subcommittee

According to a report published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in April 2005, more than 10,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 49 deaths have been attributed to powered scooters since 1998. With these statistics in mind, ASTM International’s Committee F15 on Consumer Products has formed a new subcommittee, F15.58 on Powered Scooters and Skateboards. The subcommittee was formed at an organizational meeting in October 2005.


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