ASTM Methods Articles

  • Improved Analysis of Polyuorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) in Environmental Samples Using Optimized ASTM Method 7968/7979

    There has been an increasing awareness of the presence of polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in water. A simple and robust method with quick turn-around time to determine these compounds is essential to ...

  • Testing Validates Environmentally Friendly Hydraulic Fluids

    Operators seeking next-generation hydraulic fluids typically expect to find products with a low-impact environmental footprint that meets both current and future regulations without skimping on the high-performance requirements some systems need. As a possible solution, EnBio Industries offers its EnBio fluids, a polyalkylene glycol-based lubricant with five characteristics that ...


    By EnBio Industries

  • NTSB Investigates

    An independent U.S. government agency uses everything at its disposal, including ASTM standards, to determine the causes of transportation and pipeline accidents. An airplane battery catches on fire. A gas pipeline explodes. A bridge collapses. When incidents like ...


    By ASTM International

  • What is the Difference Between A53 Pipe vs A106 Pipe?

    We compare the differences between A53 PIPE and A106 PIPE in the following aspects: scope, mehanical properties, chemical composition differences etc. A53 Pipe vs A106 Pipe – (1)Scope ASTM A53 is Standard Specification for Seamless Carbon Steel Pipe for High-Temperature Service ASTM A106 is Standard Specification for Pipe, Steel, Black and Hot-Dipped, Zinc-Coated, ...


    By SS Steel Group

  • Interview with Ronald Ebelhar, 2015 Chairman of the ASTM Board

    Ron Ebelhar has provided leadership in civil engineering projects and ASTM technical committee work since the 1970s. This year, he brings his experience to his elected position as chairman of the ASTM board of directors. You have worked on dozens of engineering projects since getting your degrees in civil engineering. What are some of the most interesting and challenging jobs you ...


    By ASTM International

  • Getting to Ballot

    For the new year, your next committee activity and your newer members, we offer a few suggestions about a more efficient standards development process. The suggestions come from staff managers in ASTM’s Technical Committee Operations division, along with a recent example from Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies. First, note ...


    By ASTM International

  • Search the ASTM Website

    A search at the ASTM website for a specific ASTM standard by designation number will return a link for its current version, with additional links for historical versions. This is straightforward, and often just what you need. But, if you’re interested in what’s available for a general subject area, whether hip implants or fasteners or analytical chemistry and ...


    By ASTM International

  • AASHTO and ASTM Partner for Transportation Portal

    A vehicle moves along an interconnected transportation system. It’s the bridge over the local creek, a tunnel through the mountain, the road to the horizon. Underpinning this infrastructure is guidance from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and ASTM International in the form of standards and related services. Now, through a partnership between AASHTO and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Leveraging Standards in the Energy Resurgence

    An Interview with Fred Walas, P.E., Fuels Technology Manager, Marathon Petroleum Company Marathon Petroleum’s Fred Walas talks about today’s energy developments, sustainability at his company’s refineries and the crucial role of standards in fuel production and quality control. As the energy spectrum shifts in the United States, forms of resource extraction and ...


    By ASTM International

  • ASTM’s Technical Information Resource

    All of ASTM International’s standards, papers and chapters, and books can be found, searched and subscribed to in one resource, ASTM Compass. A researcher investigates a new asphalt additive and tests with a standard from Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. An ...


    By ASTM International

  • Break It Down, Build It Up - Sustainable Science Has Roots in ASTM Standards Development

    It was back in the 1980s,” Richard Wool, Ph.D., recalls. “A lot of waste management sites were running out of space. Barges full of garbage were plowing up and down the East Coast with no place to dock. The idea of having biodegradable plastics would address a number of issues like getting rid of the trash and cleaning up marine waste, which was becoming a huge issue at the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Environmentally Friendly Meetings Move to Center Stage

    ASTM “Green Meeting” Standards Help Save Energy and Reduce Pollution Thanks to work by ASTM International Subcommittee E60.02 on Hospitality, a set of ASTM standards now helps define best practices for ensuring that meetings and events are greener and more sustainable. Meetings and events are a big business, representing billions of dollars in economic activity for economies ...


    By ASTM International

  • Comparison of two standard odor intensity evaluation methods for odor problems in air or water

    Government agencies responsible for ensuring healthful water and/or air quality are often faced with resolving public complaints of nuisance odors. Understanding variations in odor intensity may ultimately lead to the establishment and application by such agencies of quantitative limits for effective odorant control. An odor panel was trained in suprathreshold odor intensity evaluation using ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • ASTM Standards Help Meet Need for Clean Water

    The new ASTM Water Portal provides a single access point to standards and related information about ASTM International’s diverse committees working to protect and monitor this vital global resource. Clean and safe water is the underpinning of the quality of life for people around the world. Global economies depend on water, whether it’s to support the manufacturing of goods ...


    By ASTM International

  • Online Access to the Annual Book of ASTM Standards

    The Most Current Documents at Your Fingertips Online access to individual volumes of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards means immediate access to the most updated versions of ASTM International standards. Whether concrete or metals, construction or petroleum, environmental or consumer, and whether it’s the ASTM member virtual volume or other online subscription, BOS volumes online ...


    By ASTM International

  • Part 75 Conformance - Is your AETB ASTM D7036 Accredited?

    We have reviewed 2012 EPA Part 75 test reports and discussed EPA’s electronic reporting and source tester requirements with Part 75 source owners.  We conclude that many owners and environmental specialists who enter test data into EPA data bases are not familiar with the range of EPA’s expectations for source tester (Air Emission Testing Body or AETB) conformance to ...


    By Golden Specialty, Inc.

  • Standards in Capstone Projects

    My standards education began in 1990 when I became the chairman of an ASTM International task group. I was the group leader of R&D for a medical device manufacturer, recognized the need for a specific industry standard and felt that taking a leadership role in developing this standard would be a good professional development activity. The standard was eventually approved and I continue to ...


    By ASTM International

  • Particle counter is used for subsea injection control

    “Production chemicals used in subsea applications have to be produced to a high specification of cleanliness, typically to better than NAS 8 (or the equivalent SAE AS4059 specification). This is because subsea injection systems typically terminate in narrow bore control valves that are prone to blockage by even the smallest particulates. Measurement of these production chemicals is ...


    By Spectrex Corporation

  • In compliance with the ASTM D 4294-08 method at low concentrations of sulfur in diesel.

    This application note show the excellent performance of Xenemetrix EDXRF benchtop analyzers X-Calibur and S-Mobile for ultra low sulfur in diesel determinations according to the requirements of the ASTM method D4294-08.The applicable concentration range of the ASTM method is from 17.0 ppm to 4.6 mass%.  This  note show the performance at the very low concentration end ...


    By Xenemetrix Ltd.

  • A REC is a REC, right? Wrong!

    A Recognized Environmental Condition, or REC for short, is a term everyone involved in a commercial property transaction is familiar with. It is a potential problem area for the perspective commercial property buyer, a red flag to the lender, and often a headache for the seller and buyer both. Officially defined by ASTM International (ASTM, E-1527-05) as “the presence or likely presence of any ...

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