FEBRUARY 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

2013 Products Catalog 




Committee Week

 April Committee Week    

April 14-19, Indianapolis, IN


See more on committee meetings/committee weeks. 


Symposia and Workshops    


Training Courses

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

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
May 20-21, Indianapolis, IN

Corrosion Testing
March 26-27, Akron, OH
May 14-15, ASTM HQ

Crude Oil
April 22-24, San Antonio, TX

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

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 7-8, Houston, TX

May 14-16, New Orleans, LA

Marine Fuels
May 7-9, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment ONLINE COURSE
Begins Feb. 11 

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
April 9-10, Scottsdale, AZ
April 23-24, Los Angeles, CA
May 7-8, Atlanta, GA
May 21-22, New Orleans, LA 

Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment Processes
March 19-21, ASTM HQ
April 16-18, Atlanta, GA
May 7-9, Baltimore, MD
May 21-23, Denver, CO

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

Property Condition Assessments
May 14-15, Baltimore, MD

Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
May 14-15, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing 
Feb. 27-28, Akron, OH

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development, Application and Quality Assurance
March 12-13, ASTM HQ
May 22-23, ASTM HQ 

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

Vapor Encroachment Onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
April 11, Scottsdale, AZ
May 14, Atlanta, GA

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
April 24-26, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Selecciion y Especificacion de Recubrimientos de Proteccion
May 7-9, Bogota, Colombia 







HEADLINES...This month's top stories

ASTM International Achieves Accreditation by the Standards Council of Canada
ASTM International has been accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). With 1,400 members in Canada and 180 ASTM standards referenced in Canadian federal legislation, SCC accreditation further strengthens ASTM's presence in Canada. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, SCC carries out a variety of functions to ensure the effective and coordinated operation of standardization in Canada. Accreditation signifies that ASTM meets all of the requirements for consensus standards development set by SCC. These requirements mirror the principles of the World Trade Organization: transparency, openness, consensus and relevance. In tandem with SCC's accreditation, ASTM has established a new ASTM International Canada Office in Ottawa, which will be led by Diane Thompson, an internationally recognized consultant specializing in standardization and trade. For more information on the SCC accreditation or the ASTM Canada Office, contact Diane Thompson ( [Full Story]      
ASTM Graduate Scholarship
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. 
Nominations are Invited for Dudley Medal 
Nominations of publications are invited for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. The Dudley Award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature, either in a paper or group of papers; a Special Technical Publication; a Data Series publication; or a manual, monograph, or computer software program. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2013. For more information visit 
Renew Your ASTM Membership for 2013 
Don't forget to renew your membership for 2013. It is easy to do online at There you can also read 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 Roster Maintenance Training (Feb. 5), Responsibilities for Task Group Chairs and Technical Contacts (Feb. 6), Training on ASTM Online Tools (Feb. 7), New Member Orientation and Training (Feb. 12), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (Feb. 13), WebEx Training (Feb. 19), and Interlaboratory Studies Program (Feb. 20). View the full list of courses at       
. . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Glass Furniture 

Committee F15's new standard covers performance requirements and test methods to ensure the relative safety of glass used in furniture as a primary or secondary surface on tables, including coffee tables and end tables. [Full Story]

Drywall Safety 

The Drywall Safety Act of 2012, signed in response to contaminated drywall that caused health and safety hazards when used in home construction,
cites a Committee C11 standard. [Full Story] 


Nuclear Surface Moisture

A new Committee D18 standard provides guidance for the calibration of nuclear density gauges, which are used in a variety of situations to measure the density, moisture content and inner structure of material. [Full Story]   


Polyester Floor Tile   

The latest Committee F06 standard covers a new type of resilient flooring tile product based on a polyester binder. [Full Story]


Modern Engine Coolants   

Committee D15's test method for refractometer use for field test determination of the freezing point of aqueous engine coolants has been revised to reflect advances in engine coolant technology used in modern engines. [Full Story]

Digital Thermometers   

A new Committee E20 standard provides a variety of recommendations for the manufacture and selection of digital thermometers. [Full Story] 

Surgical Implants

Committee F04 has developed a new standard that covers the raw material properties for a high strength polymer used for surgical implants. [Full Story]

Stretch Wrap Films    
All interested parties, particularly end users, resin manufacturers and film converters, are invited to participate in the revision of a Committee D10 standard on stretch wrap films. [Full Story]
Hand Hygiene Products    
Committee E35's newest standard describes the use of pigskin as an alternative to human hands in testing the efficacy of hand hygiene products in combating contamination. [Full Story]    

Particle and Spray Characterization    
Committee E29's recently revised terminology standard reflects the latest technological advances in particle size analysis (standard test sieves) and particle separation (screening media). [Full Story]

Powder Coatings   

A new Committee D01 standard describes methods of preparing surfaces of hot-dip galvanized iron and steel for powder coating and the application of powder coating materials[Full Story] 

Asbestos in Soil   

Committee D22's latest standard is focused exclusively on testing soil for asbestos. [Full Story] 

Thermal Insulation    

A new standard from Committee C16 will provide engineers with specific knowledge needed for the development of an industrial thermal insulation system within a large engineering project. [Full Story]

Tissue Engineering    

Committee F04 is developing a standard that will be used hand-in-hand with the  NIST Reference Material scaffolds (RM8394) for cell culture as a stable, reproducible 3-D scaffold substrate for controls in scaffold development. [Full Story] 

Nondestructive Testing    

A new Committee E07 standard will describe testing that can be done on various phased array probes to ensure that all inspectors are using similar testing equipment. [Full Story] 


GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM Around the World    

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? . . . 2013 National Engineers Week                  

This year Feb. 17-23 marks 2013 National Engineers Week, an annual celebration of the positive contributions engineers make to society. Sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, the campaign is part of many corporate and government cultures and according to the Foundation, is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus. The Foundation hosts many events during Engineers Week and throughout the year to recognize the important role engineers play in today's society and to teach students across the U.S. about engineering. Events include "Discover Engineering Family Day," "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," "New Faces of Engineering" and much more. Like last year, ASTM staff will work with local high school students during the week to teach them about ASTM and the standards development process and encourage their interest in engineering. For more information on Engineers Week and to see how you can get involved, visit   

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