Papers needed for Plastic Pipe and Fittings symposium.

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Scheduled for Nov 9, 2009, Symposium on Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow will be held in conjunction with standards development meetings of ASTM International Committee F17. Symposium will report on current status of important aspects relating technology and standardization of plastic piping systems with focus on relationship to current applications. To participate, presenters/authors must submit online abstract form and attach 250-300 word preliminary abstract.

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Papers Needed for ASTM International Symposium on Plastic Pipe and Fittings Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 22 January 2009-Papers are invited for a Symposium on Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, to be held Nov. 9, 2009, in Atlanta, Ga. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 9-12 standards development meetings of the committee.

ASTM International standards have proven crucial in the development and use of plastic piping systems. Over this period, improved plastic piping materials have emerged, as have improved joining practices, fittings and appurtenances, as well as design and installation practices. Our understanding of the engineering behavior of these materials and piping products has also vastly improved and is still continuing. This symposium is the third in a series, the objective of which has been to report on the current status of important aspects relating the technology and standardization of plastic piping systems with a focus on their relationship to current applications. The first symposium on Buried Plastic Pipe Technology was held in Dallas, Texas, in 1990, and the second in New Orleans, La., in 1994.

To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit the online abstract submittal form at and attach a 250-300 word preliminary abstract by April 10, 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. Symposium chair Tom Walsh will notify you by May 15, 2009, of your paper's acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final camera-ready abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in a booklet at the symposium.

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. You may access information about JAI at Additionally, you may wish to review the new Web-based submission and peer-review site at Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for JAI are due online by Nov. 9, 2009. 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 chair Tom Walsh, Walsh Consulting Services, Houston, Texas (phone: 281-493-2344;

Committee F17 is one of 140 ASTM technical standards-writing committees. Established in 1898, 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 around the globe.

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