A new Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program (ILCP) on Biodiesel is being offered by ASTM International Proficiency Testing in cooperation with the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) (www.aocs.org/). The program will provide participating laboratories with statistics that can be used to improve or maintain high performance levels in their laboratories when conducting routine ASTM biodiesel analyses.
ASTM International to Launch New Proficiency Testing Program on Dissolved Gas Analyses (DGA) of In-Service Insulating Fluid
ASTM International Committee on Homeland Security to Develop Standards for Urban Search and Rescue Robots
Robots have a long and storied history in science fiction, but the rapid advance of technology has placed robotics very much within the realm of science fact. A new ASTM International initiative has now been launched that will investigate the role of robots in search and rescue operations.
New Kitchen Ventilation Subcommittee Is Formed, ASTM International Standard on Grease Particle Capture Efficiency Is Approved
ASTM International Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment has formed a new subcommittee, F26.07 on Kitchen Ventilation. The purpose of the subcommittee is to develop specifications, test methods, performance requirements and terminology standards for commercial kitchen ventilation equipment used in food service, such as exhaust hoods, replacement air systems, grease control devices, and appliance and/or replacement air cooling loads.
Although ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology was just established this year, it has already begun an ambitious program of developing new standards. Committee E56 is currently developing the following proposed standards, which deal with environmental safety issues, hemolytic properties and particle size measurement. Interested parties are invited to participate in the development of any of these proposed standards.
WK8985, Guide for Handling Unbound Engineered Nanoparticles in Occupational Settings
ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has revised a current standard and developed an important new one, both designed to keep children safe while theyre having fun.
Assessing Environmental Safety of Potential Munitions Compounds to Be Subject of Proposed ASTM International Standard
Significant effort and resources are dedicated to finding replacements for military-related munitions constituents that have the potential to be environmentally threatening. However, there are currently no standards available for evaluating potentially "greener" alternatives to such materials early in the research, development, testing and evaluation stages.
Setting Standards for Fatigue and Fracture - ASTM International Will Visit SMU Campus for One-Hour Session
Representatives of ASTM International will visit the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, on the evening of Nov. 9, 2005, for an hour-long presentation to university students interested in the field of fatigue and fracture. The session will focus on the technical standards currently in use by this discipline as well as the ability of students and professionals to be involved in the establishment of these documents.
Three New Standards Approved by ASTM International Subcommittee on Physical Properties of Applied Paint Films
ASTM International Subcommittee D01.23 on Physical Properties of Applied Paint Films has approved three new standards that each deal with different types of measurements for paint coatings. Subcommittee D01.23 is under the jurisdiction of Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications. Titles and descriptions of each new standard follow.
D 6991, Test Method for Internal Stresses in Organic Coatings by Cantilever (Beam) Method
Natural gas from unconventional sources, such as from coal beds (coal bed methane), has become a common target for exploration in recent years. Coal gas demand continues to grow and is expected to provide about 10 percent of U.S. production in the future. However, there are no standards available that describe procedures used to determine the gas content of North American coal and the most commonly accepted guide to the subject, which is now about 10 years old, does not include methods currently used for low-rank coal.