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ASTM Issues Award of Merit to Dr. Kim Wallin.

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April 17, 2009 - The ASTM International Award of Merit, and accompanying title of fellow, was presented to Dr. Kim R.W. Wallin, academy professor at the Academy of Finland in Helsinki. Wallin was recognized for contributions within Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture towards the development of test methods and standards for fracture mechanics and associated technologies. Specifically noted was the work addressing the ductile-brittle transition of ferritic materials.

Dr. Kim Wallin Receives ASTM Award of Merit from Fatigue and Fracture Committee

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Press release date: April 15, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 15 April 2009-Dr. Kim R.W. Wallin, academy professor at the Academy of Finland in Helsinki, Finland, has received the ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. The Award of Merit is the highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to ASTM standards activities.

Wallin was recognized "for exceptional and sustained contributions within Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture to the development of test methods and standards for fracture mechanics and associated technologies, particularly those addressing the ductile-brittle transition of ferritic materials."

A member of ASTM International since 1991, Wallin is member at large on Committee E08. In addition to standards development work, he has made several contributions to E08 symposia and workshops, and he has authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications. As chair of the European Structural Integrity Societies Technical Committee 1 on Elastic Plastic Fracture Mechanics, he has served as a vital liaison between ASTM Committee E08 and related standards activities in Europe. In 2001, Wallin was awarded the George R. Irwin Medal from Committee E08 for his theoretical and experimental contributions to methodologies and standards for the practical application of fracture mechanics.

Wallin, who is also a research professor in the Materials and Structural Integrity Department at VTT Manufacturing Technology and lectures at Helsinki University of Technology, both located in Espoo, Finland, has been involved in different research topics related to experimental and theoretical fracture mechanics since 1982. His most scientific achievements have been connected to the modeling of brittle fracture, and he developed the "master curve" method for fracture assessment. He holds a doctorate in process and materials technology from Helsinki University of Technology.

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

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