ASTM International eNews
April 2014
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Interested Parties Invited to Organizational Meeting for Industrial Biotechnology Standardization Activity 
ASTM International, at the request of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), will hold an organizational meeting to explore the establishment of a new ASTM standards development activity for industrial biotechnology. The no-fee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, and will take place at ASTM's headquarters. Key stakeholders are invited to participate, with the goal of charting a path toward the development of a consensus standardization program for industrial biotechnology. Virtual participation is available upon request. To register, please contact Pat Picariello. [Full Story]

Back by Popular Demand, ASTM Golf Shirts 
Available for a limited time only, the 2014 edition of the ASTM golf shirt. Both men's and women's shirts are available for $42 USD, which includes shipping and handling. Orders must be placed by May 9, and will be shipped around June 2. View the shirts and place your order today.

Free Webinar: New Online Training for Civil Engineering Applications   
Join civil engineering professor and course developer Dr. John Schemmel, Valparaiso University, on Tuesday, April 22, for a free one-hour webinar and Q&A covering ASTM's new online offerings for civil engineering applications. Learn how these online tools will help boost performance and provide certification exam preparation for your students and employees. Click here to register.

ASTM a Co-Sponsor of Engineering Public Policy Symposium 
ASTM International is among the co-sponsors of the 2014 Engineering Public Policy Symposium, which will be held April 29 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Policy-related issues concerning energy, manufacturing and research will be the focus of this year's symposium. Officials from U.S. President Obama's administration, members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs will be invited to attend to discuss policy priorities and the budget for the second session of the 113th Congress. [Full Story]

Graduate Scholarship Applications due April 30 
Applications for the 2014 Graduate Scholarship are due by April 30. The scholarship is presented each year to as many as two graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in ASTM standards. Visit the ASTM student website to learn more.

Annual Business Meeting in June
The 2014 ASTM International Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members' Breakfast on Wednesday, June 25, during the ASTM June Committee Week meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. For more information, contact Maureen Houck.

Free ASTM Member and Officer Training 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses include New Member Orientation and Training (April 24, May 14), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (April 16), and Interlaboratory Studies Program (May 28). On-Demand tutorials such as Strategic Planning and New Activity Development, Electronic Balloting and more are also available. Visit




Homeland Security 
A new Committee E54 standard will be used to quantitatively test the ability of a trace detector to reliably sense and identify very small amounts of explosives. [Full Story] 
Unmanned Aircraft 
Committee F38 has approved seven new standards that cover all major facets of small-unmanned aircraft systems operations, including design, construction, operation and maintenance requirements. [Full Story] 

Committee C09 has approved a new test method for
evaluating the suitability of fine aggregates and other fillers for use in concrete
. [Full Story] 
Ingot producers, forge shops and titanium service centers that hold ingot for conversion by contract forge shops will be the primary users of a proposed new Committee B10 standard. [Full Story]

Aircraft Systems    

Committee F39 is developing a series of standards that will help instrument manufacturers create modern and safe flight instruments designed for light sport aircraft and other similar aircraft. [Full Story] 

Road and Paving     

Committee D04 is developing a standard that will provide an effective low temperature performance graded asphalt binder system using dynamic shear rheometry.[Full Story] 


Committee G03 is developing a new standard test method for the integration of digital spectral data for weathering and durability applications. [Full Story] 

Industrial Protective Coatings     

Committee D01 is developing a standard to test the slip coefficient properties of coatings used in slip-critical bolted connections.  [Full Story] 

Knee Joint Replacements     

A proposed Committee F04 standard will cover fatigue testing of metallic tibial trays, which are components used in partial knee joint replacement. [Full Story]

Fire Standards     

Committee E05 is developing a standard that will help determine the fire-related properties of the pipe and tube in accordance with the E05 standard for surface burning characteristics of building materials. [Full Story]   



Declarable Substances Committee in China 
ASTM Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials held its March standards development meetings at Thermo Fisher Scientific's facilities in Shanghai, China. ASTM staff and F40 members participated in other events related to declarable substances in China as well, including workshops on new chemical substances and rare earth materials, and a roundtable discussion on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS). [Full Story]

ASTM a Sponsor of Building Test Expo in Brussels 
ASTM International is a sponsor at the Building Test Expo, to be held June 17-19, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium. The Expo is a free international exhibition and forum on the effective testing and certification of construction products to promote increased innovation, quality, safety and sustainability. ASTM will exhibit at  
Booth #F22. For more information, visit [Full Story] 


DID YOU KNOW? . . . Earth Day & Standards  


April 22 marks the annual celebration of Earth Day, where more than a billion people from 190 countries take action on behalf of the environment, from planting trees and cleaning up their communities to organizing action groups and contacting elected officials. This year's global theme, Green Cities, will address issues like climate change, sustainable building and technology and public policy. Hundreds of ASTM International standards promote a healthy and sustainable environment, addressing topics across the board, such as sustainable buildings and construction, water quality, air quality, sustainable meetings and events, waste management, solar and alternative energy, environmental assessment, manufacturing, climate change, greenhouse gases and much more. For more on ASTM's current standards development work related to sustainability, visit 
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In This Issue
Technical Committee News
Global Notes
Did You Know?
Symposia & Training
Publications & Meetings





Committee Weeks  

April 6-11, Toronto, ON

May 4-9, Toronto, ON

June 22-27, Toronto, ON

April 6, Toronto, ON
April 7, Toronto, ON

April 8, Friedrichshafen, DE 
April 9, Toronto, ON
April 9, Toronto, ON
April 10, Toronto, ON

May 7-8, Toronto, ON

May 13-14, Akron, OH

April 29-May 1, ASTM HQ

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 6-7, Houston, TX

April 1-3, Las Vegas, NV
May 13-15, Charleston, SC

Light Sport Aircraft
May 21-22, ASTM HQ

Marine Fuels
May 20-22, Baltimore, MD

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate 
April 8-9, Scottsdale, AZ
April 22-23, ASTM HQ
May 6-7, Chicago, IL
May 20-21, New Orleans, LA
April 15-17, Atlanta, GA
May 6-8, Las Vegas, NV
May 20-22, Denver, CO

Plastics, Major Testing Introduction
April 29-May 1, New Orleans, LA 
May 13-14, Chicago, IL

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