eNewsFEBRUARY 2011

ASTM eNews is a monthly e-newsletter that features the latest happenings at ASTM International, including technical committee news, publications, meetings, symposia and more. Like ASTM's bimonthly magazine Standardization News, eNews is a free benefit available to all ASTM members.

ASTM Publications

STP 1477, Biofuels

ASTM Standards for
Managing Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases

MNL 64, Intensive
Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design

MNL 68, Crude Oil

Environmental Site Characterization

ASTM Interactive Catalogs:
2011 Book of Standards
ASTM Products
Metals Industry


Committee Weeks

April Committee Week
April 10-15, Anaheim, CA

May Committee Week
May 15-20, Anaheim, CA
Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
Feb. 22-24, Seattle, WA
March 29-31, Tampa, FL

Crude Oil
April 18-20, New Orleans, LA

Diesel Fuel
March 22-24, Houston, TX
April 26-28, Conshohocken, PA

Flammability of Wearing Apparel
April 27, New York, NY

Flammability of Children's Sleepwear
April 28, New York, NY

Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses, and Bedding Sold in the U.S.
Feb. 17-18, Tupelo, MS

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

April 5-7, Phoenix, AZ
April 26-28, Atlanta, GA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
April 5-6, San Diego, CA
April 26-27, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Property Condition Assessments
April 12-13, Orlando, FL
Rubber Testing
March 10-11, Akron, OH

Vapor Encroachment
Screening on Property for Real Estate Transactions

March 22, Minneapolis, MN
March 23, Detroit, MI
March 24, Cincinnati, OH
April 12, Anaheim, CA
April 19, St. Louis, MO
April 20, Denver, CO

Copyright 2011 ASTM International
 HEADLINES...This month's top stories
ASTM Launches Jumpstart Your Career Campaign
ASTM International has a launched a new academic campaign called "Jumpstart Your Career" for 2011. The goal of this initiative is to provide new opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of technical standards and to develop critical technical skills before entering the workforce. Some highlights of the Jumpstart Your Career campaign include a student video contest, project grants to help fund graduate or senior design projects, student podcast interviews, campus visits and training sessions by ASTM members and staff, and the 2011 Professor of the Year Award. Visit the ASTM student website for more. [Full Story]
Member and Officer Virtual Training 
ASTM continues to offer free one-hour online training courses for all members. Scheduled February courses include New Member Orientation and Training, Balloting and Handling Negative Votes, WebEx Training, Work Item Collaboration Area Training, Roster Maintenance Training, and Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard.  Visit the ASTM website for more information and to register.
Nominations Welcome for ASTM Board

The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions for candidates for the following positions on the 2012 board of directors: chairman (one-year term); vice chairman (two-year term); and six directors (three-year terms). Nominations must be received by April 1. Contact Maureen Houck ( for more information.

ASTM Annual Business Meeting

The 2011 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on May 18 at the Marriott Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim, Calif., during May committee week. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m.

Nominations for Cavanaugh Memorial Award 
ASTM is seeking nominations for the 2011 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system that has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards. Nominees may or may not be members of ASTM International. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Visit the ASTM website for additional information and nominating procedures
ASTM on Social Media
Are you active on social media sites? Don't forget to check out ASTM's pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. For ASTM student members, there are separate "student fan" Facebook and Twitter pages.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Committee D02 is working on a new standard on analysis of ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE) by gas chromatography implementation. [Full Story]

Mobile Knee Systems

Committee F04 has approved the latest in a series of standards for the characterization of mobile bearing knees prior to implementation. [Full Story]

Measurement Systems Analysis
A new Committee E11 standard covers Measurement Systems Analysis, an important topic in statistics and quality. [Full Story]
Firestop Products
Committee E06 has approved a new standard for testing the intumescence, or volume expansion, of firestop products. [Full Story]

Antimicrobial Agents

A new Committee E35 standard will provide a way to evaluate the potential for antimicrobial compounds to drive development of stronger microbial populations that are no longer affected by the antimicrobial. [Full Story]

Sandwich Constructions

A proposed new Committee D30 practice on damage resistance testing of sandwich constructions will be the first industry standard to cover this topic. [Full Story]


Sensory Evaluation

Committee E18's proposed new standard will help users determine appropriate assessors and give guidelines for ways to select and recruit respondents. [Full Story]

Hand Soaps

Committee E35 has approved two new standards that will primarily be used by manufacturers of hand soaps and contract testing laboratories. [Full Story]

Dimension Stone

Discussions on how test results for dimension stone test specimens can be influenced by improper preparation methods have led to the development of a new C18 standard. [Full Story]


Composite Materials

A proposed new Committee D30 standard will aid in the prediction of delamination, which is the splitting or separating of individual plies of a laminated composite material. [Full Story]

More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

Korean Delegation Visits ASTM

From Jan. 17-Feb. 3, an eight-member delegation from Korean nuclear industry and government participated in an intensive training program at ASTM headquarters. During the program, the delegates learned about ASTM International and its operations, ASTM technical committees and ASTM's virtual tools, and worked closely with experts from Committees C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle and E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications to discuss standards for structural materials used in nuclear energy applications. They also traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with other standards-related public and private organizations and attended the January Committee Week in Baltimore, MD.

Standards Administration of China 

On Jan. 21, administrator Mr. Ji Zhengkun and other delegates from the Standards Administration of China (SAC) met with senior staff at ASTM headquarters. The groups discussed advancing the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed by ASTM and SAC in 2004, including training, research and joint standards work. 

more3DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Standards and the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), which is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, will be held on Feb. 6. The Super Bowl, which was played for the first time in 1967, is one of the most-watched annual sporting events. Broadcast in more than 200 countries and in more than 30 languages, the popularity of the event continues to grow each year. There are many elements that go into a successful football game such as the Super Bowl, from field and stadium conditions to the players' equipment, so it is no surprise that standards play an important role. Up first in the field and surface area is ASTM F1936, a standard from Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities that covers a test method and the corresponding performance requirement for the maximum impact attenuation in all types of turf playing systems installed for North American football fields. Also from F08 is ASTM F1551, which details identification of physical property characteristics and comparison of the performance properties of synthetic turf surfaces, as well as ASTM F2396, which covers techniques that are appropriate for the construction of high performance sand-based rootzones for sports fields. Since football is considered a high-contact sport, the right gear to protect the players is also very important. ASTM F717, Specification for Football Helmets, covers shock absorption requirements for new and reconditioned football helmets for use in competitive play and practice, while ASTM F429 covers the determination of the shock-attenuation characteristics of protective football headgear, and F697 focuses on mouth protectors. As many athletes know, footwear can be just as important as headgear, which is where ASTM F539, which covers a practical method for fitting athletic footwear, comes in. Here is to another successful Super Bowl and the standards that keep its participants safe.  

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