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ASTM International sponsors workshop on the history of mechanical testing

September 12th, 2011

W. Conshohocken, Pa. —A workshop on the History of Mechanical Testing will be held Nov. 13, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa, Fla. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing, the workshop will be held in conjunction with the November standards development meetings of the committee.

Today’s construction codes and other standards routinely specify various mechanical tests to assure that structures perform as intended. The scope of the workshop covers the various aspects in the development of mechanical testing procedures and standards. Papers in four different areas are expected:

• Historical framework (rapid growth in industrial technology after 1830).  Focus areas might include railroads, ships, bridges, buildings, etc.;

• History of various mechanical test methods, such as 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, e.g., liberty ships, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, World Trade Center Towers, etc.

Online registration opens approximately eight weeks before the workshop and closes Nov. 9. There will be no fee to attend the workshop. For more information, visit

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