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Proposed ASTM Standard targets ballistic-resistant head gear.

December 11, 2014

Once approved, proposed standard ASTM WK46152, Specification for Ballistic-Resistant Head Protection for Law Enforcement Applications, will provide agencies with means to establish minimum performance requirements of protective helmets. Defined characteristics will include ballistic protection, blunt impact resistance, chin strap retention, stability, as well as other performance criteria related to life-safety, quality, durability, and function. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers incidental asbestos exposure assessments.

December 11, 2014

ASTM D7886, Practice for Asbestos Exposure Assessments for Repetitive Maintenance and Installation Tasks, is intended to aid those testing asbestos exposures by quantifying levels of such exposure. According to ASTM member Andrew Oberta, ASTM D7886 overcomes limitations of personal air sampling by describing method for conducting exposure assessment tests under controlled conditions. Standard focuses on maintenance and installation tasks requiring incidental disturbance of materials. Read More

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Organizations support Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

December 10, 2014

Broad coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations including The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund has pledged to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership as it works to restore waterways and revitalize communities across the country. Organizations will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal efforts to restore urban waters and parks, increase outdoor recreation, and engage residents and youth. Read More

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Initiative helps communities develop local food projects.

December 10, 2014

On behalf of White House Rural Council, 6 federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains. Read More

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NTSB Recommends Improvements for certifying Li-ion batteries.

December 10, 2014

As determined by NTSB in its final report, shortcomings in design and certification led to fire in GS Yuasa Corporation lithium-ion battery installed on one Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jetliner. Short circuit in one of battery's 8 cells led to thermal runaway and propagated to remaining cells. NTSB recommends FAA improve guidance and training provided to industry and FAA certification engineers on safety assessments and methods of compliance for designs involving such new technology. Read More

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ASTM Committee on Corrosion of Metals honors Dr. David Silverman.

December 10, 2014

For contributions in application of engineering fundamentals to corrosion issues, ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals honored David Silverman, Ph.D. with Francis LaQue Memorial Award. Silverman joined ASTM in 1981 and was active G01 member until retiring in 2013. Silverman worked on several G01 groups, chaired select subcommittees, and served on joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion as well as Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers testing interlaminar fracture toughness.

December 10, 2014

ASTM D7905/D7905M, Test Method for Determination of the Mode II Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites Using the EndNotched Flexure (ENF) Test, was developed by Subcommittee D30.06 on Interlaminar Properties. Mode II test described within will be used by industry and government for qualitatively comparing composite materials as well as determining values to be used in design, analysis, and acceptance/rejection criteria. Read More

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STA Event tests large storage systems builds with 12 Gbps SAS.

December 9, 2014

SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced successful completion of its 16th SAS Plugfest. In total, 21 companies (both STA members and non-members) participated. According to SAS Plugfest Technical Committee co-chairperson Michael Koffman, this event "was notable for the group of tests that verified the interoperability of systems of multiple SAS end devices connected through multiple SAS expanders" as well as "testing the interoperability of systems implementing SAS Power Management." Read More