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Proposed Standard covers fiber reinforced plastic gratings.

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March 15, 2011 - Proposed standard, ASTM WK31924, Specification for Fiber Reinforced Plastic Gratings Used in Marine Construction and Shipbuilding, is being developed by Subcommittee F25.03 on Outfitting and Deck Machinery. Gratings are used on mobile offshore drilling units and floating production platforms as walkways in machinery spaces, cargo areas, and on-deck areas. Standard will cover several aspects of FRP gratings, including fire testing procedures, ultraviolet effects, and moisture absorption.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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ASTM Shipbuilding Committee Currently Developing Proposed Standard on Fiber Reinforced Plastic Gratings

Press release date: March 11, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - Fiber reinforced plastic gratings are often used as walkways for a variety of marine vessels. A proposed new ASTM International standard will cover several aspects of fiber reinforced plastic gratings, including fire testing procedures, ultraviolet effects and moisture absorption. The proposed standard, ASTM WK31924, Specification for Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Gratings Used in Marine Construction and Shipbuilding, is being developed by Subcommittee F25.03 on Outfitting and Deck Machinery, part of ASTM International Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology. "FRP gratings are desirable in the marine environment because of their light weight, low thermal conductivity and resistance to corrosion," says John Miller, a U.S. Coast Guard marine inspector and F25 member. "These gratings are used on U.S. Coast Guard-inspected vessels, including mobile offshore drilling units and floating production platforms as walkways in machinery spaces, cargo areas and on-deck areas." Interested participants are encouraged to join in the development of ASTM WK31924. 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 F25 Next Meeting: May 17-19, 2011 May Committee Week, Anaheim, Calif.
Technical Contact: John H. Miller, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C., Phone: 201-372-1372; john.h.miller@uscg.mil
ASTM Staff Contact: Robert Morgan, Phone: 610-832-9732; rmorgan@astm.org
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

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