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ASTM International, one of the world's largest standards development organisations, has announced plans to set up its first-ever international chapter in the UAE later this year.
ASTM International will launch its first-ever overseas chapter later this year in the United Arab Emirates, following a winter meeting in Abu Dhabi between North American representatives and key industry leaders, academia and government officials.
The group appointed a nominating committee to identify chapter officers, reviewed draft bylaws, and discussed potential chapter goals, including:*Strengthening involvement of UAE and other Gulf technical experts in standards-related activities and events, including those focused on the region's specific needs;*Sharing information on the UAE and the Gulf's societal needs and emerging trends so that ASTM International can develop solutions; and*Providing a direct link between the UAE and ASTM International
Upcoming workshops offered by ASTM International will explore carbon black standards and polymer characterization.
ASTM International's bioenergy and industrial-chemicals- from-biomass committee (E48) is creating a standard that will help companies that produce biofuel using in part kernel fiber.
ASTM International made two announcements related to standards that have implications in metalcasting.
According to ASTM International member Larry Anderson, current regulations are limited in describing how to perform such a test.
Gevo announced that late last week an ASTM International Sub-Committee voted in favor of revising specification D7566 to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol; and more importantly, increase the approved blend levels from 30% to 50%.
Paul Stutzman, physical scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), received the Bryant Mather Award from ASTM International's committee on cement (CO1).
The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the Board of Directors, ASTM International and is the highest award granted by the Society to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities.