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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.

Renamed ASTM International Subcommittee Begins Work on Enteral Feeding Devices Standard

ASTM International Subcommittee F04.35 has recently undergone a name change. Formerly known as F04.35 on GI Endoscopes, the subcommittee, which is under the jurisdiction of Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, is now known as Gastroenterolgy (GI). The name change indicates a broadening of the scope of activities for the subcommittee. James Bardwell, Leading Medical Research, will be the new chair of the subcommittee.

ASTM International Committee on Electronics Begins Work on Sputtering Target Utilization Standard

ASTM International Committee F01 on Electronics is currently seeking participation for any interested parties in the development of a proposed new standard, WK6499, Test Method for Determining Sputtering Target Utilization. The proposed new standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F01.17 on Sputter Metallization.

ASTM International Subcommittee on Evacuation Devices Forms Task Groups

ASTM International Subcommittee E06.77 on High Rise Building External Evacuation Devices initiated activity at the October 2004 meeting of Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, by establishing the following three task groups:

Platform Devices - Development of specifications for high-rise external platform devices for evacuation of persons when the primary evacuation routes to a safe zone are unavailable and for transport of emergency responders.


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