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ASTM Iron/Steel Product Standards focus on life cycle cost analysis.

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July 7, 2010 - Subcommittee A05.13 on Structural Shapes and Hardware Specifications is at work on new standards - such as ASTM WK27436, Practice for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Corrosion Protection Systems on Iron and Steel Products - for engineers and architects who design with steel fabrications. Specifically, proposed standards will be used to evaluate costs of steel construction over project's lifetime and compare different corrosion protection systems on their impact to lifetime cost.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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Life-Cycle Cost Analysis is Subject of Proposed New Standard for Iron and Steel Products

Press release date: July 1, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Subcommittee A05.13 on Structural Shapes and Hardware Specifications is currently working on proposed new standards that would be used by engineers and architects who design with steel fabrications. These proposed standards will be used to evaluate the costs of steel construction over the lifetime of a project and to compare different corrosion protection systems on their impact to this lifetime cost. One such proposed standard is ASTM WK27436, Practice for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Corrosion Protection Systems on Iron and Steel Products. "We want a more formal methodology of calculating life-cycle cost and a recognized authority like ASTM to approve the calculations," says Thomas Langill, technical director, American Galvanizers Association, and chairman of both Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products and Subcommittee A05.13. "By having an ASTM specification, we can encourage specifiers of steel projects to include the new specification as a requirement of quotation." Langill says that, once ASTM WK27436 has been approved, it will be used to accurately calculate the cost of any project comparing steel to concrete or galvanized steel to painted steel as the construction material. ASTM WK27436 will provide "a clear picture of the actual material cost beyond the simplistic initial cost basis," according to Langill. He also notes that customers will learn the value of using the method, once it is approved, to determine the costs of a maintenance-free corrosion protection system. All interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of A05.13. In addition to ASTM WK27436, A05.13 is currently developing WK20069, Specification for Tin Coating (Hot-Dip) on Iron and Steel Software, and WK28445, Zinc-Aluminum (Hot-Dip) Coatings on Iron and Steel Products. ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. 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. View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee A05 Next Meeting: Nov. 14-16, November Committee Week, San Antonio, Texas Technical Contact: Thomas Langill, American Galvanizers Association, Centennial, Colo.; Phone: 720-554-0900; tlangill@galvanizeit.org

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