ASTM A370, Standard Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products – New 2011 Edition available

ASTM-A370 2011 Edition titled “Standard Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products” has just been released.  These test methods cover procedures and definitions for the mechanical testing of steels, stainless steels, and related alloys.  The new 2011 edition replaces the previous 2010 issue.

ASTM-A370 test methods center on Ductile vs. Brittle Behavior.  Body-centered-cubic or ferritic alloys exhibit a significant transition in behavior when impact tested over a range of temperatures. At temperatures above transition, impact specimens fracture by a ductile (usually microvoid coalescence) mechanism, absorbing relatively large amounts of energy. At lower temperatures, they fracture in a brittle (usually cleavage) manner absorbing appreciably less energy. Within the transition range, the fracture will generally be a mixture of areas of ductile fracture and brittle fracture.

The temperature range of the transition from one type of behavior to the other varies according to the material being tested. This transition behavior may be defined in various ways for specification purposes.

The specification may require a minimum test result for absorbed energy, fracture appearance, lateral expansion, or a combination thereof, at a specified test temperature.

The specification may require the determination of the transition temperature at which either the absorbed energy or fracture appearance attains a specified level when testing is performed over a range of temperatures. Alternatively the specification may require the determination of the fracture appearance transition temperature (FATTn) as the temperature at which the required minimum percentage of shear fracture (n) is obtained.

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New Revision C released for MIL-HDBK-189, Reliability Growth Management

MIL-HDBK-189 Revision C has just been released.  The document, entitled “Reliability Growth Management,” replaces the previous revision, MIL-HDBK-189B with administrative notice 1.  This guide is intended for use on systems/equipment during the development phase by both producer (supplier) and consumer (military) personnel.

Reliability growth management procedures were developed to help guide the materiel acquisition process for new military systems. Generally, these systems require new technologies and represent a challenge to the state of the art. Striving to meet these reliability requirements represents a significant portion of the entire acquisition process and, as a result, the setting of priorities and the allocation and reallocation of resources such as funds, manpower and time are often formidable management tasks.

Reliability growth techniques enable acquisition personnel to plan, evaluate and control the reliability of a system during its development stage. The reliability growth concepts and methodologies presented in this handbook have evolved over the last few decades by actual applications to Army, Navy and Air Force systems. Through these applications, reliability growth management technology has been developed to the point where considerable payoffs in system reliability improvement and cost reduction can be achieved.

This handbook provides procuring activities and development contractors with an understanding of the concepts and principles of reliability growth, advantages of managing reliability growth, and guidelines and procedures to be used in managing reliability growth.

MIL-HDBK-189C is not intended to serve as a reliability growth plan to be applied to a program without any tailoring. This handbook, when used in conjunction with knowledge of the system and its development program, will allow the development of a reliability growth management plan that will aid in developing a final system that meets its reliability requirements and lowers the life cycle cost of the fielded systems.

The primary change in this new release is the addition of PM2 (Planning Model Based on Projection Methodology) planning model.  However, there are no guides to the actual changes in the document due to the extensive nature of the update.  Because the handbook is only 149 pages, detailed development of underlying theory and estimation procedures are not provided.  There’s a two-page bibliography at the end of the handbook to assist the user find additional information.

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New ASTM D6251 – 11/D6251M – 11 Standard Specification for Wood-Cleated Panelboard Shipping Boxes

There’s a new 2011 revision for ASTM D6251/D6251M, “Standard Specification for Wood-Cleated Panelboard Shipping Boxes.”  The 16 page document covers the fabrication and closure of empty and full wood-cleated panelboard boxes (wooden crates).

Boxes are firstly classified according to box type: Type I, Type II, Type III, and Type IV.  Then they’re further segregated according to class: Class 1 and Class 2.  There’s additional classification for style:  Style A, Style A1, Style B, and Style C through K.  And also classification according to preservative treatment; Treatment A and Treatment B.  Then lastly, according to load type: Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3.

Panels using this standard are fabricated by nailing, stapling, or gluing panelboard to cleats.

Specified requirements are given for fastener component test, fastener test for securing cleats to panelboard panels, lateral resistance test, direct withdrawal resistance test, oxine copper preservative test, zinc napthenate preservative test, and preservative dryness test.

The specification has been adopted by the U.S. government as a replacement for the popular Federal specifications, PPP-B-576 (cancelled in 1998) and PPP-B-601 (cancelled in 1999).

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New MIL STD 2105 Revision D – Hazard Assessment Tests for Non-Nuclear Munitions

New MIL-STD-2105 Revision D, titled “Hazard Assessment Tests for Non-Nuclear Munitions” and dated 4/19/2011, is now available.  This standard provides or references tests and test procedures for the assessment of safety and Insensitive Munitions (IM) characteristics for all non-nuclear munitions, munition subsystems, and explosive devices.

MIL STD 2105 applies to all non-nuclear munitions (i.e., all-up missiles, rockets, pyrotechnics) and munitions subsystems (e.g., warheads, fuzes, cartridge actuated devices, propulsion units, safe and arm devices, pyrotechnic devices, chemical payloads) and other explosive devices. The standard assumes that it may not be possible to test against all threats.  Therefore, it recommends you select the most probable, credible stimuli that are expected to cause the greatest damage to life, property, or combat effectiveness.

Three sets of tests are commonly used to assess munitions with respect to hazards: IM tests as contained or contained in this standard; Hazard Classification (HC) tests used to classify munitions for transportation and storage purposes; and basic safety tests used to assess munition safety and suitability response or system vulnerability.  In order to best utilize limited resources and avoid test redundancy, it is suggested you tailor IM test plans to the maximum extent possible, so that all three sets of tests can be addressed in one coordinated test program with the minimum number of samples.

Twenty-five other standards are referenced in MIL-STD-2105 for many of the actual tests themselves.  The standard itself is 37 pages and replaces the MIL-STD-2105 Revision C with its 2 administration notices.  The document is intended for military use, not commercial applications.

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New ASTM C150 / C150M 2011 Edition on Portland Cement has been released

New ASTM C150 2011 / C150M 2011 Edition, entitled Standard Specification for Portand Cement, has just been released.  The new edition replaces the 2009 version and covers both metric and inch-pound units.

ASTM C150 / C150M covers ten types of portland cement: Type I, Type IA, Type II, Type II(MH), Type II(MH)A, Type IIA, Type III, Type IIIA, Type IV, and Type V.  The cement covered by the specification only contains the following ingredients: portland cement clinker, water or calcium sulfate (or both), limestone, processing additions, and air-entraining addition for air-entraining portland cement.

Portland cements must meet various physical and chemical requirements which are detailed in this specification. Examples include limits on aluminum oxide, ferric oxide, magnesium oxide, sulfur trioxide, tricalcium silicate, dicalcium silicate, tricalcium aluminate, and tetracalcium aluminoferrite.

Applicable properties enumerated in this specification are determined by the following test methods: air content of mortar, chemical analysis, compressive strength, false set, fineness by air permeability, fineness by turbidimeter, heat of hydration, autoclave expansion, time of setting by Gillmore needles, time of setting by Vicat needles, sulfate resistance, calcium sulfate, and compressive strength.

Cement is to be stored in such a manner as to permit easy access for proper inspection and identification of each shipment, and in a suitable weather-tight building that will protect the cement from dampness and minimize warehouse set.

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New IEEE C2 2012 Edition due in August – National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

The new 2012 Edition of the IEEE C2 – National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) – is scheduled for release in paper format in August 2011.  The document covers basic provisions for safeguarding of persons from hazards arising from the installation, operation, or maintenance of (1) conductors and equipment in electric supply stations, and (2) overhead and underground electric supply and communication lines.

It also includes work rules for the construction, maintenance, and operation of electric supply and communication lines and equipment. The standard is applicable to the systems and equipment operated by utilities, or similar systems and equipment, of an industrial establishment or complex under the control of qualified persons.

IEEE-C2 consists of the introduction, definitions, grounding rules, list of referenced and bibliographic documents, and Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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The new UL 1419 3rd Edition is now available – Standard for Professional Video and Audio Equipment

The new UL 1419 3rd Edition dated 5/31/2011 is now available from Document Center Inc.  Titled “Standard for Professional Video and Audio Equipment,” the document covers video and audio equipment operated and maintained by trained personnel under the conditions of controlled access.

The requirements cover such equipment as video tape recorders, audio/video editing equipment, audio/video receiving and processing equipment, signal transmission equipment, television cameras, video digitizers, video monitors, metering equipment and similar equipment.  The standard also covers auxiliary equipment and accessories which are used in addition to or as a supplement to the basic equipment (remote controls, convertors, stands, etc.).

UL 1419 requirements cover equipment rated 600 volts or less for use in accordance with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.  There are also additional standards referenced for equipment employing circuits that are intended to connect directly to a telecommunications network.

The 3rd edition replaces UL 1419 2nd Edition with changes through June, 2010.  It, and all UL Standards, are available from Document Center Inc. Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (  We have the expertise to assist you with all your standards questions and requirements.

New AMS-B-20148 Revision B released on Brazing Sheet, Aluminum Alloy

New AMS-B-20148B, dated 5/24/2011, is titled “Brazing Sheet, Aluminum Alloy.”  It covers aluminum alloy brazing sheet for use in brazed aluminum joints.  The document is another standard that migrated from a military specification to an industry standard in the late-1990’s.

The document was originally released as MIL-B-20148 in 1951.  It was cancelled at the Revision D level in 1998 and was replaced by the AMS-B-20148 at that time.  Since then, the AMS version has undergone two revisions, with the Revision B being the latest.

There are no relevant Alloy or UNS numbers for this particular standard.

The new revision recognizes technical equivalency for two recently published specifications; brazing sheet #23-F is superseded by AMS-4465, brazing sheet #24-F is superseded by AMS-4460.

Additionally, paragraph 3.1 provides the complete list of superseding requirements applicable to #11-0, #12-0, #21-F, #22-F, #23-F, and #24-F.

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MIL-STD-171 New Revision F released — It’s the military standard on Finishing of Metal and Wood Surfaces

Document Center recently notified its customers about the new MIL-STD-171 F dated 5/31/2011 on Finishing of Metal and Wood Surfaces.  The widely used standard covers the minimum requirements for finishing, and otherwise treating, metal and wood surfaces.  It replaces the MIL-STD-171E with Change Notice 1.

The document’s stated purpose is to establish finish system codes which link or cross reference specific specification information for finishing and otherwise treating metal and wood surfaces. It also serves as a general guide to the selection of suitable finishing materials, procedures and systems.  It covers both organic (paint, varnish, and so on) and inorganic (metal plating, phosphatized metal, and the like) coatings.

Of course, specialized systems particular to individual agencies are covered by drawings, specifications and standards published by those organizations and supplement MIL-STD-171.  Those procurement documents should make direct reference to the applicable specification. For example, MIL-STD-186 covers painting and other finishing of Army Missile weapon systems.

Finish system code numbers in the tables of MIL-STD-171 are intended to remain stable, since those code numbers are commonly referenced on drawings, in contracts and in end items specifications.

Where a system in a previous edition of the standard has been deleted from this new revision, the system to be used as a substitute is noted in the tables.

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New ASTM A29 / A29M 2011 Edition on Carbon and Alloy Steel Bars

Document Center Inc. announces the availability of the new 2011 edition for ASTM A29/A29M, “Standard Specification for Steel Bars, Carbon and Alloy, Hot-Wrought, General Requirements for.”   This specification covers a group of requirements for carbon and alloy steel bars under each of the following specifications: hot-rolled carbon steel bars, cold-finished carbon steel bars, hot-rolled alloy steel bars, and cold-finished alloy steel bars.

Requirements include heat and product analysis for several grades of carbon steel bars, to confirm the material conforms to the required chemical composition for carbon, manganese, phosphorus, and sulfur. Similar requirements are provided for several grades of alloy steel bars to meet the required chemical composition for carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, nickel, chromium, and molybdenum.

When compositions other than those indicated in the specified chemical components are required, ranges and limits for carbon steel and alloy steel are given. An additional grain size test and mechanical tests are specified for the steel test specimens.

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