Standards/Technical Committee News

Environmental Assessment Committee Launches Work on Proposed ASTM Continuing Obligations Standard

ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action is seeking all interested parties, particularly landowners and developers, to contribute to the development of a proposed new standard on continuing obligations. The proposed standard, WK9354, Practice for Landowner Appropriate Care of a Contaminated Property, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E50.02 on Real Estate Assessment and Management.

March 1, 2006

Sports Field Testing to Be Facilitated by New Shock-Absorbing Properties Standard from ASTM International

ASTM International standard F 1936, Specification for Shock-Absorbing Properties of North American Football Field Playing Systems as Measured in the Field, has had a positive effect on the sports field industry. Since the introduction of F 1936, which was approved by Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities in 1998, the amount of field testing and the number of firms offering field testing has increased.

March 1, 2006

New Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Standard Will Facilitate Flexural Post-Crack Performance Measurement

ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has recently approved a new standard that will facilitate post-crack performance measurement for fiber-reinforced concrete intended for slabs-on-grade, pavements, pre-cast elements and shotcrete. The standard, C 1609/C 1609M, Test Method for Flexural Performance of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (Using Beam With Third-Point Loading), is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee C09.42 on Fiber-Reinforced Concrete.

March 1, 2006

ASTM Food Service Equipment Standards Play Prominent Roles in EPA and NAFEM Programs

Standards developed by ASTM International Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment are playing an increasingly important role in the industry. F26 standards figure prominently in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, which helps businesses and individuals protect the environment and save money through superior energy efficiency. In addition, F26 has developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers.

March 1, 2006

New Standard on Thermal Spraying Fills Void in Zinc and Tin Alloy Industry

ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals has an ongoing commitment to help the oilfield and refinery industries adopt and use state-of-the-art techniques to select corrosion inhibitors. As part of this commitment, two new standards developed by Subcommittee G01.05 on Laboratory Corrosion Tests have recently been published:

March 1, 2006

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.

February 1, 2006

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.

February 1, 2006