JANUARY 2013    

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ASTM Publications


STP 1547, Effects of Radiation on Nuclear Materials  


STP 1551, Pervious Concrete        



ASTM Interactive Catalogs


2013 Standards Catalog

   Products Catalog




Committee Week


   Committee Week   

Jan. 27-Feb. 1,  

  Jacksonville, FL     


See more on committee meetings/committee weeks. 


Symposia and Workshops    


Continuous Soil Gas Measurements
Jan. 30, Jacksonville, FL 

Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soils
Jan. 31, Jacksonville, FL

Asbestos Laboratory Issues
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Jacksonville, FL  

Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry
Feb. 3-7, Andhra Pradesh, India  

Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
Feb. 5-7, Dallas, TX
March 19-21, Denver, CO

Corrosion Testing
March 26-27, Akron, OH

Crude Oil
April 22-24, San Antonio, TX

Diesel Fuels
April 2-4, Houston, TX
April 30-May 2, Newark, NJ 

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
April 9-10, Phoenix, AZ
April 23-24, Los Angeles, CA

Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment Processes
March 19-21, ASTM HQ
April 16-18, Atlanta, GA

Rubber Testing 
Feb. 27-28, Akron, OH

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development, Application and Quality Assurance
March 12-13, ASTM HQ

Testing for Plastics
April 30-May 2, San Diego, CA

Vapor Encroachment Onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
April 11, Phoenix, AZ
ASTM Training Catalog

Click here to see full list of TPT courses available. 

Online training courses in Spanish are available at EnginZone.

Inspeccion de Recubrimientos de Proteccion
Jan. 22-24, Lima Peru

Click here to see course listings and to register. 







HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

Welcome 2013 Chairman of the Board Dr. Mary McKiel   

Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., is the 2013 chairman of the ASTM International board of directors. McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for more than 20 years and currently serves on Committees E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and E60 on Sustainability. She has served on the ASTM board of directors since 2008. A full interview with Mary is available in the latest Standardization News. Click here for the complete list of the 2013 ASTM board of directors. [Full Story]  

ASTM International Launches Leadership Program in 2013
To better promote the professional development opportunities resulting from involvement in standards development activities, ASTM International has launched a leadership program in 2013. This new "Leadership Connection" initiative offers educational resources that support the many skills acquired by engaging in ASTM technical committee activities. A central component of the Leadership Connection campaign is the ASTM Technical Committee Mentoring Program. The program pairs a new ASTM member with a seasoned one for personalized instruction on the inner-workings of ASTM technical committees. The goal is to more quickly involve new members in standards development activities. Members can request a mentor online and sign-up for free online training workshops through the ASTM Virtual Classroom. For additional information on the Leadership Connection program and the various resources available, visit [Full Story]   
ASTM International Announces New Committee on General Aviation Aircraft
ASTM International has formed a new committee that will help transform the way smaller aircraft are manufactured and certified around the world. Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft was formed at the request of aviation industry organizations in support of the efforts of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The efforts of Committee F44 will play a critical role in supporting the overhaul of Part 23 regulations into what the FAA envisions as more of a performance-based document. F44 will develop standards that address the complexity and performance of the full spectrum of general aviation aircraft, including design and construction, systems and performance, quality acceptance tests and safety monitoring. Standards development activities will be structured through subcommittees covering flight, structures, powerplant, systems and equipment, terminology, and regulatory and industry liaison. For more on the new Committee F44, visit the committee's homepage. [Full Story] 

Download the New ASTM Mobile App Before January Committee Week
The official ASTM Mobile app features access to all upcoming ASTM meetings, including up-to-date schedules, venue contact information and directions, hotel floor plans, local dining and attractions from Yelp, and more. Available on iPhone, iPod and Android devices (Blackberry coming soon), this convenient and easy-to-use application eliminates the need to carry extra papers to ASTM committee meetings, putting all of the important information at your fingertips. Visit to download the app directly to your device.
Nominations for President's Leadership Award Due Feb. 1
Nominations are invited for the ASTM President's Leadership Award. The award salutes the inspiration and positive contributions of individuals early in their ASTM careers who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision. Nominations should include a detailed description of the nominee's accomplishments, vision, leadership and commitment, as well as relevant examples of achievements that fulfill the award's criteria. All nominations are due to ASTM headquarters by Feb. 1. For more information, contact Maryann Zamorski (   

ASTM Annual Business Meeting Will Be Held in May
The 2013 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on Wednesday, May 22, during the ASTM May Committee Week meetings in Indianapolis, Ind. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the JW Marriott Hotel. For further information, contact Maureen Houck. 
Reminder - Renew Your ASTM Membership for 2013 
Don't forget to renew your membership for 2013. It is easy to do online at
about the benefits for all membership types: participating, organizational, informational and student.
Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses include New Member Orientation and Training (Jan. 9, Feb. 12). Other course presentations such as Training on ASTM Online Tools, Balloting and Handling Negative Votes, Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard and Roster Maintenance Training are available online. Visit the ASTM website 
. . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Solar Energy 
A surge in technology for solar and other alternative energy forms has led to the revision and reinstatement of a Committee E44 standard. 
[Full Story] 


Electrical Steel

A proposed standard from Committee A06 will cover thin steel laminations that are used to increase the energy efficiency of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, the advanced electrical features of contemporary aircraft, power generators and military systems, among other applications. [Full Story]

Sustainable Dentistry  

Committee E60 is developing a new standard to recognize and encourage sustainable dental practices. [Full Story]   


GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM Around the World    


Geotextiles Workshop in Mumbai           
ASTM International, together with the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA), will conduct a one-day workshop on geotextiles on Jan. 22 at BTRA's facilities in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Geotextiles is an important topic in this geographical area, as India plans for extensive highway and railway construction in the near future. The technical workshop will feature two speakers: Sam Allen, vice-president of TRI/Environmental Inc. and a longtime member of ASTM Committee D35 on Geosyntheticsand V.K. Patil, senior scientific officer in charge of the geotextile lab at BTRA. Interested individuals may register for the free workshop by contacting Mr. P. Rathakrishnan ( or Mr. V.K. Patil ( [Full Story]
Presenters Sought for Saudi Arabia Symposium on Role of Quality Control Laboratories in Structural Projects          
The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MoMRA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of the Council of Ministers concerned with Municipal and Rural Affairs of the Arab Gulf Cooperating Council (GCC), will hold an international symposium on "The Important Role of Quality Control Laboratories in Structural Projects" on April 22-23 at Ministry headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The organizers are seeking experts on the symposium topic to submit keynote papers and presentations. The Ministry offers the guest lecturers a business class air ticket and five star hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference (3-4 nights), in addition to transportation and meals. For more information, contact Dr. Magdi Khalifa, P. Eng. ( ASTM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2006. 


DID YOU KNOW? . . . Aviation Standards                 

The history of aviation dates back more than two thousand years, from the early days of kites, balloons and gliders to the heavier-than-air and fixed-wing aircraft and jets flown today. The aviation industry has continued to grow, expand and change in many ways from the 18th century to the present day, and ASTM standards are a part of that growth. In addition to the new ASTM Committee F44 on General Aviation mentioned above, several ASTM committees cover aviation-related subjects. This includes Committee F07 on Aerospace and Aircraft, with subcommittees that focus on the development of standards for hydrogen embrittlement, testing of aircraft cleaning materials and transparent enclosures. Other committees address more nontraditional aircraft, such as F37 on Light Sport Aircraft, which develops standards for special light-sport aircraft used for personal flight and flight training as well as rental and experimental light-sport kit aircraft; and F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which addresses issues related to design, performance, quality acceptance tests and safety monitoring for unmanned air vehicle systems. Another aviation-related committee, F39 on Aircraft Systems, develops standards for the design, alteration, certification, inspection, maintenance and repair of airplane electrical systems. ASTM's aviation-related committees have received support and feedback from industry, the Federal Aviation Association, and the National Transportation Safety Board in the development of key aircraft standards, and FAA staff members have contributed to the development of key standards as members of one of or more of these committees. 

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