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NASA tests shape changing aircraft flap.

November 17, 2014

NASA's green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel-efficient with successful flight test of wing surface that can change shape in flight. Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project is a joint effort between NASA and US Air Force Research Laboratory, using flaps designed and built by FlexSys, Inc. FlexFoil variable geometry airfoil system can be retrofitted to existing airplane wings or integrated into new airframes. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses drying behavior of concrete mixtures.

November 14, 2014

With ASTM C1792 standard, ready-mix concrete producers and engineers will be able to characterize how hardened concrete mixtures dry. Test will provide information on mass loss versus time (drying) behavior of initially saturated concrete specimen exposed to one-dimensional drying in controlled temperature and relative humidity environment. In addition to ready-mix producers, testing laboratories and concrete consultants will find ASTM C1792 helpful. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps identify multiple outliers in data set.

November 14, 2014

ASTM D7915, Practice for Application of Generalized Extreme Studentized Deviate (GESD) Technique to Simultaneously Identify Multiple Outliers in a Data Set, features methodology requiring only approximation of total number of outliers to detect. According to ASTM member Alex Lau, practical applications of this standard include “prescreening of interlaboratory study data, where there is a large volume of raw data to be screened for outliers.” Read More

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Ajay Bajaj and Cliff Bannon to lead PTDA in 2015.

November 14, 2014

PTDA elected its 2015 Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council at PTDA Industry Summit. Ajay Bajaj, president of Rotator Products Limited, will become PTDA’s president. He has been active in PTDA since 2002, serving as a member of several task forces and 4 committees. Cliff Bannon, Eastern sales manager of Isostatic Industries Inc, will assume duties of PTDA Manufacturer Council chair in 2015. Bannon has served on Council since 2008 and has been an active PTDA member for more than 16 years. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard helps evaluate concrete floor systems.

November 13, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK47030 will cover evaluation of concrete slab system that is intended to be covered with resilient flooring. It features review of concrete floor slab design and construction documents to ensure compatibility with specified floor covering and adhesive manufacturers' requirements. Depending on when review required by ASTM WK47030 is conducted, results could affect design criteria before construction, eliminating conflicts that would cause problems later. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard on cellular therapy delivery devices.

November 13, 2014

ASTM WK46706, Guide for Medical Device Compatibility with Delivered Cellular Therapies, will outline parameters to consider when designing benchtop tests to assess potential impact of delivery device on dispensed cellular product. To help eliminate confusion and provide guidance on how to measure effects of devices on delivered cells, proposed standard will be divided into 3 sections: acceptable representative cell type or reporter cell system, cell physiology parameters, and testing. Read More

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DOE recognizes Cummins for deep energy retrofit.

November 13, 2014

As part of Administration’s effort to increase energy efficiency nationwide through Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, DOE recognized Cummins Inc., for demonstrating leadership in reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, NY. Plant has been undergoing its largest infrastructure upgrade in more than 40 years. Company proceeded with phased, whole-building energy and infrastructure improvement project—setting aside $5.1 million for energy efficiency projects. Read More

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EPA and DOE release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide for car buyers.

November 13, 2014

With 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, consumers can choose the most fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. Guide provides best-in-class lists, which include multiple market segments, from 2-seaters to large pickup trucks. Consumers will find broad range of information that can be helpful while shopping for a new vehicle — including an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. Guide also includes greenhouse gas rating (from 1–10) for each model. Read More