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ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) reference sheet

ASTM publishes ASTM Standards as well as journals, manuals, and the ASTM Special Technical Publications.

ASTM Compass

    American Society for Testing and Materials
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ASTM Compass

ASTM Compass provides full-text standards, technical engineering reports, journals, manuals, ebooks, and data series in HTML and PDF covering a wide range of engineering disciples: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering. All current ASTM standards available online; historic standards available in print. 1931-present.  

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ASTM SEDL is the one stop shop for almost everything ASTM publishes. The library includes all current ASTM standards, current issues as well as backfiles of all ASTM journals, all symposia papers (published in book format as Special Technical Publications), and all ASTM manuals and monographs.

The SEDL offers a variety of search options. Many users will want to retrieve a known document. In this case, at the SEDL home page, simply enter the specific document identifier in the search box.

F or exam ple, every ASTM standard is designated by an alphanumeric code such as D 2609 - 93 or E 571 - 92. The letter prefix designates a general classification such as ferrous metals, nonferrous metals, etc. The serial number, such as 2609, identifies the standard , and the two digits following the dash show the year of revision. To search for a standard , enter the letter and number, for instance D 2609 , without the year designation. SEDL will retrieve matches to the search, and will allow retrieval of full text of the curren t version of the standard. Our subscription does not include historical standards so if the standard has been withdrawn and is no longer active, then no standard can be retrieved . If there is a need for older versions, see the following section.

To retrieve other ASTM documents, enter the identifying number associated with each. For example, STP1555 (for an STP), or mn l 62 (for a manual ).

ASTM historical standards

ASTM Standards are used worldwide. Product labels often state "Complies with ASTM . . . .". Researchers who are developing products are interested in current ASTM standards i n order that the product they design will be in compliance. Lawyers in the midst of litigation are often interested in older ASTM standards that were in effect at the time the product was manufactured. Individual standards, perhaps around 10% of the total collection, are updated annually. Our subscription to SEDL does not contain the historical standards. If a user needs the previous edition of a standard they must request the standard from the hardcopy sets in storage. Each annual hardcopy set contains approximately 70 volumes. Each volume within the set covers a specific subject area and contains the ASTM standards relevant to its subject, such as:

Section 4 - Construction: Volume 04.01 Cement; Lime; Gypsum
Section 4 - Construction: Volume 04.06 Thermal Insulation; Environmental Acoustics.

In order to retrieve the correct volume which contains the needed historical standard, it is necessary to use the index, which is Section 00, Volume 00.01 , the first volume of each set. We have retained the hardcopy ASTM standards at 5 year intervals in storage, and have placed the corresponding indexes for each set in the reference collection, TA401 A653. In order to retrieve a historical ASTM standard from storage, use the index for the year most closely following the year of the needed standard revision. For example, if needing a standard with revision date 1993, use the 1995 index. In the alphanumeric section of the index, determine which volume of the ASTM set contains the needed standard. Retrieve that standard volume from storage.

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