Original Press Release
Presentations are Sought for ASTM International Workshop on the History of Mechanical Testing
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 www.astm.org/E28work1111.htm.
Additional technical information is available from workshop co-chairs chairs Thomas Siewert, NIST, Boulder, Colo. (phone: 303-497-3523; email@example.com); Edward L. Tobolski, Wilson Instruments, Wrentham, Mass. (phone: 508-384-6341; firstname.lastname@example.org); Enrico Lucon, NIST, Boulder, Colo. (phone: 303-497-4750; email@example.com); Hugh Macgillivray, Imperial College, London, England (+011-44-207-594-7089; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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