Papers invited for History of Mechanical Testing Symposium.

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Scheduled for Nov 14-17, 2010, Symposium on the History of Mechanical Testing will help participants understand historical context that drove development of standards, individuals who lead their development, and some high-visibility failures that provided information for later refinements to standards. Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, historical framework, history of various mechanical test methods, significant individuals, and significant failures/case studies.

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Papers Invited for ASTM International Symposium on the History of Mechanical Testing

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., July 22, 2009-Papers are invited for a Symposium on the History of Mechanical Testing, to be held Nov. 17-18, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 14-17 standards development meetings of the committee.

Today's construction codes and other standards (like those that control various parts of our infrastructure and transportation systems) routinely specify various mechanical tests to assure that structures perform as intended. This symposium is designed to help us understand the historical context that drove the development of the standards, the individuals who lead their development (and for whom some of the tests are named), and some high-visibility failures that provided information for later refinements to the standards.

The scope covers the various aspects in the development of mechanical testing procedures and standards. Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Historical framework (rapid growth in industrial technology after 1830)-railroads, ships, bridges, buildings, etc.;

- History of various mechanical test methods-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-Liberty ships, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, WTC Towers, etc.

To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit the online abstract submittal form at and attach a 250-300 word preliminary abstract by Nov. 17, 2009. The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. The symposium co-chairs will notify you by Feb. 17, 2010, of your paper's acceptability for presentation.

Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Journal of ASTM International (JAI). JAI is an online, peer-reviewed journal for the international scientific and engineering community ( Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for JAI are due online by Nov. 17, 2010. Once the final selection of abstracts is approved, ASTM will send authors' instructions via e-mail. The author will receive a copy of his/her paper in a PDF.

Additional information is available from symposium co-chairs: Thomas Siewert, NIST, Boulder, Colo. (phone: 303-497-3523;; Edward L. Tobolski, Wilson Instruments, Wrentham, Mass. (phone: 508-384-6341;; Enrico Lucon, SCK·CEN, Mol, Belgium, (phone: 011-32-14-333-088;; or Hugh Macgillivray, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom (phone: 011-44-20-7594-7089;

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