eNewsSEPTEMBER 2012   

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ASTM Publications


STP 1542, Rolling Element Bearings     



ASTM Interactive Catalogs


Proficiency Testing Programs Catalog   


Petroleum Catalog 


2012 Standards Catalog 


2012 Products Catalog  




Committee Week


October Committee Week    

Oct. 21-26, Atlanta, GA 


 November Committee Week   

Nov. 11-16, Atlanta, GA   


See more on committee meetings/committee weeks. 



Flammability/Sensitivity in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres
Sept. 19-21, Montreal, QC

Whole Building Air Leakage Testing
Oct. 21, Atlanta, GA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Oct. 23, Atlanta, GA

Copper and Copper Alloys
Oct. 24, Atlanta, GA

Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems
Oct. 23-25, Atlanta, GA

Silica and Associated Respirable Mineral Particles
Oct. 25-26, Atlanta, GA

Nov. 13, Atlanta, GA

Fatigue and Fracture Metallic Medical Devices
Nov. 14, Atlanta, GA

Nov. 15, Atlanta, GA

Nov. 28, Silver Spring, MD

See future ASTM symposia.

Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
Sept. 11-13, Hartford, CT
Oct. 23-25, Elk Grove, IL

Coal Chemistry Technicians
Oct. 24-25, Atlanta, GA

Corrosion Testing
Sept. 18-19, Detroit, MI
Nov. 27-28, Atlanta, GA

Crude Oil
Nov. 12-14, Houston, TX

Diesel Fuels
Sept. 25-27, Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Miami, FL

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
Oct. 9-10, Denver, CO
Nov. 13-14, Cocoa Beach, FL

Sept. 25-27, San Antonio, TX
Nov. 13-15, Savannah, GA

Marine Fuels
Sept. 25-27, San Francisco, CA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site
Sept. 18-20, Boston, MA

Oct. 2-4, Columbus, OH
Oct. 16-18, ASTM HQ
Nov. 6-8, New Orleans, LA
Nov. 27-29, Las Vegas, NV

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
Sept. 25-26, Denver, CO
Oct. 9-10, Newark, NJ
Oct. 23-24, Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 13-14, Elk Grove, IL

Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Las Vegas, NV

Property Condition Assessments
Rubber Testing
Oct. 3-4, Akron, OH

Statistical Control Charts for Test Method Quality Assurance   


Online training courses in Spanish are available at EnginZone.

Spanish courses begin Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. Click here to see course listing and to register.  




HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

Hydraulic Fracturing is Focus of New ASTM Standards Initiative   
A new ASTM subcommittee will address the growing need for consensus standards in the energy-related field of hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation process used to maximize the extraction of underground resources, including oil, natural gas and even geothermal energy. Horizontal drilling technologies followed by fracturing enable greater access to these resources found in the shale formations thousands of feet below the earth's surface. Subcommittee D18.26 on Hydraulic Fracturing, which is part of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, will bring stakeholders together to collaborate on the development of standards that promote best practices in hydraulic fracturing operations and serve as a steward of environmental resources. Click here for more information on the new subcommittee. [Full Story]  
ASTM Organizational Meeting for General Aviation Airworthiness Design Standards 
ASTM International, in support of efforts stemming from the Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), will host an organizational meeting for the establishment of a new ASTM standards activity on general aviation (GA) airworthiness design standards. The meeting will be held Sept. 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST, at the Aircraft Electronics Association headquarters in Lee's Summit, Mo. This free event will also offer a virtual attendance option. The standards roadmap being proposed to ASTM is set to address airworthiness and design requirements to accommodate GA aircraft under 19,000 pounds. The goal of the standardization efforts will be to increase safety and simultaneously reduce the cost of certified aircraft. Click here to register for the face-to-face meeting at AEA headquarters. Click here to register for the virtual meeting. [Full Story] 
Nominations for 2013 ASTM Board of Directors 
ASTM International has announced the candidates selected by the Society's Nominating Committee for election to the 2013 ASTM Board of Directors. They are: chairman of the board (one-year term), vice chairman (two-year term)  and six directors (three-year terms). Emails containing links to access the online ballot will be sent to all ASTM members. If you need to request a hard copy of the ballot, contact Maureen Houck ( The deadline for receipt of all ballots is Dec. 1. Click here to view biographies of the nominees.  
2012 World Standards Week
ASTM International will once again participate in events during World Standards Week, which will be celebrated Oct. 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), World Standards Week is an annual event where standards and conformity professionals come together in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. Events include the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on Oct. 11 with the theme, "Standards Increase Efficiency." The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. For more information, visit   
Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses are: New Member Orientation and Training (Oct. 4), Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (Oct. 10), Responsibilities for Task Group Chairs and Technical Contacts (Oct.  10), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (Oct. 17), WebEx Training (Oct. 17) and Training on ASTM Online Tools (Oct. 31). Visit the ASTM website to register. Available on-demand tutorials include Electronic Balloting and Identifying and Accelerating the Development of New Standards.   
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Architectural Paints  

A proposed Committee D01 standard will combine existing in-house methods for dirt pick-up resistance for architectural paints and stains in an effort to standardize testing for dirt repellency throughout the industry. [Full Story]   


Nonferrous Metals      

Committee B02 is developing a new standard that will be useful in covering the level of defects that exist in hot rolled rod coil. [Full Story]     


Flexible Barrier Packaging       

Committee F02 invites all interested parties to their next meeting in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 26-27. [Full Story]  

Carbon Black        

The upcoming standards development meetings of Committee D24 will be held Jan. 14-15 in Garmisch-Partenkirchenn, Germany. [Full Story] 


Vacuum Cleaners       

The increase in the number of floor care products in the marketplace that employ wet extraction cleaning systems is the leading factor in the development of a new Committee F11 test method. [Full Story]     




more3STUDENT NOTES . . . ASTM and Standards in Education    


ASTM Offers Design Project Grants for Students       
ASTM International is offering a limited number of $500 grants to university students to help with graduate or senior design projects that contain an ASTM standards component. Students beginning a design or development project will submit an abstract summary describing the project, which shall include summarizing the project goal; listing the ASTM standards that are being considered to achieve the project goal; a declaration of intention to submit an application paper for publication by ASTM upon completion of the project; and a statement of endorsement from a faculty mentor. The results will be posted on the ASTM website as a student standards application paper. The deadline for project grant applications is Oct. 31. Click here for instructions and an application form. 

ASTM Co-Sponsors Education Workshop During World Standards Week 

ANSI will host a workshop titled, "Educating the Next Generation of Standards Professionals: Interactive Simulation on Standards Development and Negotiation for Students, New Professionals and New Faculty," on Oct. 12 in Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by ASTM International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards, the event will begin with a free networking breakfast at 8 a.m., where veteran standards and conformance professionals can meet with students and young professionals entering the field. The workshop that follows will focus on a standards simulation exercise provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) titled, "Setting Standards: Exercise in Strategy and Cooperation in Standardization Process," which will explore the analytical and practical skills needed to successfully engage in standards negotiations. If you are interested in participating in the invitation only workshop, contact Lisa Rajchel at ANSI ( 

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Back to School Standards            


Stores and shopping malls have been filled the past few weeks with students and parents as they stock up on supplies for the new school year. The list is often long - pens, pencils, art supplies, notebooks, book bags, and of course, the all important back-to-school wardrobe. If you are purchasing art supplies, don't forget to look for ASTM D4236, Standard Practice for Labeling Art Materials for Chronic Health Hazards. D4236 is part of a law that requires all artists' materials sold in the U.S., whether imported or manufactured in the country, must comply with the standard through material labeling. If you are looking for new clothing and apparel to start the year off right, ASTM Committee D13 on Textiles has you covered, with standards for a wide variety of apparel from suits, ties, dresses, blouses and dress shirts to coatsdenimt-shirts and scarves. D13's textile standards cover apparel sizing and body measurement as well as fabrics, yarns, flammability, UV protective fabrics, labeling and more. Good luck students, make this year the best yet! 

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