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August 30, 2010 - Presentations are sought for ASTM International Workshop on History of Mechanical Testing, which will be held November 16, 2011 in Tampa, FL. Workshop scope covers development of mechanical testing procedures and standards, and papers in 4 different areas are requested: historical framework, history of various mechanical test methods, significant individuals, and significant failures/case studies. Interested parties must submit 300-500 word preliminary abstract by October 30, 2010.

Presentations are Sought for ASTM International Workshop on the History of Mechanical Testing

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Press release date: August 26, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Presentations are sought for an ASTM International Workshop on the History of Mechanical Testing, to be held Nov. 16, 2011, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa, Fla. Sponsored by ASTM Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing, the workshop will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 13-15 standards development meetings of the committee.

Today's construction codes and other standards routinely specify various mechanical tests to assure that structures perform as intended. The scope of the workshop covers the various aspects in the development of mechanical testing procedures and standards. Papers in four different areas are requested:

  • Historical framework (rapid growth in industrial technology after 1830). Focus areas might include railroads, ships, bridges, buildings, etc.;

  • History of various mechanical test methods, such as strength, toughness, hardness, etc.;

  • Significant individuals, such as structural designers (e.g., I.K. Brunel), standards committee leaders (e.g., G. Charpy), and equipment manufacturers (e.g., Wilson Mechanical Instrument Co.); and

  • Significant failures/case studies, e.g., liberty ships, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, World Trade Center Towers, etc.

    Interested participants must submit a 300-500 word preliminary abstract to workshop co-chair Thomas Siewert ( by Oct. 30, 2010. Abstract submitters will be notified of their acceptance for presentation by March 1, 2011.

    Online registration opens approximately eight weeks before the workshop and closes Nov. 9, 2011. There will be no fee to attend the workshop. For more information, visit

    Additional technical information is available from workshop co-chairs chairs Thomas Siewert, NIST, Boulder, Colo. (phone: 303-497-3523;; Edward L. Tobolski, Wilson Instruments, Wrentham, Mass. (phone: 508-384-6341;; Enrico Lucon, NIST, Boulder, Colo. (phone: 303-497-4750;; Hugh Macgillivray, Imperial College, London, England (+011-44-207-594-7089;

    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.

    ASTM Staff Contact: Hannah Sparks, Phone: 610-832-9677;
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