Committee developing inflatable restraint cushion standard.
Press Release Summary:
June 9, 2009 - ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles is developing a proposed new standard, WK23227, Test Method for Determining Pressure Decay of Inflatable Restraint Cushions, for the testing of side curtain airbags. It is being developed by Subcommittee D13.20 to be an inexpensive screening test to judge the ability of a rollover side curtain airbag to maintain needed pressure over time. Suppliers of the airbags would be the primary users of said standard.
Original Press Release
ASTM Textile Committee Developing Proposed Standard for Inflatable Restraint Cushions
Press release date: June 3, 2009
According to John Sollars, Research Associate, Milliken & Co., and chair of Subcommittee D13.20 on Inflatable Restraints, various tests are used in the industry both to develop and judge the effectiveness of rollover-capable bags.
"There are currently compressed air leakage types of tests that have been developed by both customers and suppliers," says Sollars. "Some of these have been incorporated into customers' specifications." Sollars notes that over time, many of these tests have evolved to have common characteristics, which led the subcommittee to conclude that a method should be standardized but still be flexible enough to accommodate testing differences among customers.
WK23227 is being developed by Subcommittee D13.20 to be an inexpensive screening test to judge the ability of a rollover side curtain airbag to maintain needed pressure over time. Suppliers of the airbags would be the primary users of the standard. Sollars says that after the proposed standard has been approved, the subcommittee would like to expand the number of laboratories participating in precision testing for it. Subcommittee D13.20 has jurisdiction over 11 practices relating to inflatable restraints and welcomes participation in its standards developing activities.
For technical Information, contact John Sollars, Milliken & Co., La Grange, Ga. (phone: 706-880-5633; firstname.lastname@example.org). Committee D13 meets June 14-17 during the June committee week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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