ASTM Methods Articles

  • Introducing a New ASTM Method for the Determination of Total Nitrogen, and TKN by Calculation, in Water Samples

    The USEPA Clean Water Act (CWA) requires national approval for all methods used for CWA compliance. There are approved methods for the determination of inorganic nitrogen (NO3-N, NO2-N, and NH3-N), and for organic nitrogen (TKN – NH3-N)2. There are no EPA approved methods for the determination of total nitrogen although it is a required parameter in many USEPA permits, including monitoring ...

  • Determination of Selected ASTM Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) Using LC-MS/MS

    ASTM methods D7968-14 and D7979-15 are used to determine the same list of PFCs but in different matrices. ASTM method D7968-14 lists soil as a matrix while ASTM method 7979-15 lists water, sludge, influent, effluent and waste water as matrix options. These methods use different extraction techniques but both evaluate the samples by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). We ...

  • ASTM International Updates Standard To Determine Biobased Content Of Bioproducts

    ASTM International's Committee on Plastics recently approved revisions to standard D6866, Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis. This standard was originally approved in 2004, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Use of the newly developed ASTM Standard F 2709 (Standard Test Method for determining nameplate recovery rate of stationary oil skimmer systems)

    Abstract The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee on skimmers recently adopted a standard methodology for measuring skimmer performance, F 2709 - . Standard Test Method for Determining Nameplate Recovery Rate of Stationary Oil Skimmer Systems. Current industry practice allows manufacturers to label skimmers with a nameplate capacity based solely on the ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Development of skimmer testing protocol based on ASTM standards by minerals management service and U.S. coast guard at Ohmsett facility

    Abstract During late 2004 and early 2005, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the U.S. Minerals Management Services’ (MMS) Ohmsett—The National Oil Spill Response Test Facility collaborated in an effort to develop a standard protocol for testing static oil skimmers. The goal was to develop a repeatable generic skimmer test procedure that substantively met ASTM Standard F631, ...


    By OHMSETT

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Analysis of Lead in Toys

    Important and always current is the analysis of lead in toys for children. Details about the effective sample comminution with FRITSCH Mills. Lead is a toxic heavy metal. Approx. 90 % of the incorporated lead is deposited in the bones and the teeth. Because lead is released very slowly, it will be accumulated over the time in the body. This is dangerous especially for children.  The European ...


    By Fritsch Milling and Sizing

  • ASTM Membership: From Student to Professional

    In 2002, I was on my way to getting my degree in materials engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua. As my graduation date approached, I accepted an internship in the research and development department of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in my hometown of Chihuahua, Mexico. At GCC, I learned the fundamentals of cement and concrete production and the importance of standardized tests, ...


    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

  • Interview with Thomas A. Schwartz - 2014 Chairman of the ASTM Board of Directors

    As president and senior principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., what challenges and opportunities do you see for your company as it prepares to close out its sixth decade of serving a broad client base? SGH has been very fortunate to have had a decades-long unbroken string of growth and expansion of services and client base. As we look to the future, we focus on maintaining the ...


    By ASTM International

  • 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

  • A Commitment to Standards

    An Interview with Philip Piqueira, Global Standards Leader for GE’s Industrial Solutions Business General Electric participates in standards development through its work on numerous committees and organizations. Philip Piqueira discusses why this business strategy and its continuance is crucial for GE. From your perspective as the global standards ...


    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.

  • CONTROLLED RECOGNIZED ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS (CRECs)

    A client recently said to me; “It seems like every year environmental requirements become more stringent and costly, making more purchasers and lenders request environmental inspections before committing to the real estate transaction”. Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) or Phase I ESAs are the industry standard for ...

  • ADMS 5 Flat Terrain Validation Kincaid, Indianapolis and Prairie Grass

    1 Introduction This document presents a summary of ADMS model results compared against three well known field data sets: Prairie Grass. Kincaid and Indianapolis. Results are also presented for two U.S. models: ISCST and AERMOD. ISC ST is the United States Environmental Protection Agency model. It is a so-called 'old generation' model, similar to the UK R-91 model, based on the ...

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