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New Ceramic Matrix Composites Task Group to Address Future Nuclear Energy Systems

ASTM International Subcommittee C28.07 on Ceramic Matrix Composites has formed a task group to address the evaluation of fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composite structures for a future generation of nuclear energy systems. Subcommittee C28.07 is under the jurisdiction of  Committee C28 on Advanced Ceramics. The new task group was formed at the January meeting of Subcommittee C28.07.

FAA Accepts ASTM International Consensus Standards for Light Sport Aircraft

For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has used consensus standards for aircraft design, manufacturing, and maintenance with the acceptance of 15 standards developed by ASTM International Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft. The referenced documents, which have been worked on over the last two years, affect fixed-wing airplanes, powered parachutes, gyroplanes, lighter-than-air aircraft, airframe emergency parachutes, and engines.

ASTM International Committee on Surface Analysis Develops Guide to Assist New Scanning Probe Microscopy Users

ASTM International Committee E42 on Surface Analysis has approved a new standard, E 2382, Guide to Scanner and Tip Related Artifacts in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. The guide, under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E42.14 on STM/AFM, was proposed in order to assist new scanning probe microscopy users with more rapid recognition and assessment of artifacts in imaging.

ASTM International Committee on Electrical and Electronic Insulating Materials to Host Restriction of Hazardous Substances Presentation

ASTM International Committee D09 on Electrical and Electronic Insulating Materials will host a presentation of the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive during their meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. on March 15. The meeting will run from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by a social hour.

ASTM International Committee on Mechanical Testing Launches Development of Superplastic Properties Standard

ASTM International Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing has begun work on a proposed new standard to describe the test procedure for determining the superplastic forming properties of a material. The committee is actively seeking participation from interested parties in the development of this document. More information on this new activity can be found by entering WK7114 in the site search box on the home page of ASTM International’s Web site (

Committee on Building Seals and Sealants at Work on New Fatigue Resistance Standard

ASTM International Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants is now working on a proposed new standard, WK6920, Fatigue Resistance of Structural Silicone. The standard, which is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Subcommittee C24.20 on General Sealant Standards, is intended to serve as an enhancement to current performance requirements for structural silicones and to help users ascertain that current and new products are sufficiently resilient to withstand years of fatigue imposed on systems by thermal expansion and contraction, as well as other imposed loads.

ASTM International Sports Equipment Committee Approves Headgear Standard for Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices

ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities has developed a new standard, F 2416, Specification for Protective Headgear Used in Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMDs). The new standard, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets, covers headgear to be worn by people riding Segway Human Transporters (HTs) and other EPAMDs.


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