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ASTM International launches new efforts, seeks input for copper standards

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August 29, 2017 - ASTM International members are announcing and seeking input on new copper-related standards efforts.

A group within the copper and copper alloys committee (B05) is considering adding a new alloy (C11040) to the Standard Specification for Copper Sheet, Strip, Plate and Rolled Bar (B152/152M-13). For more information, contact task group chairman Horace Pops ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Also, the B05 committee is seeking input on the potential withdrawal of the Standard Specification for Hard-Drawn Copper Alloy Wires for Electrical Conductors (B105) this year. Members are encouraged to submit votes, comments, and/or negatives on the ballot. Producers and users of the standard are encouraged to contact task group chairman Jim Michel ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

After being withdrawn due to ASTM International’s eight-year review regulation, efforts to reinstate a key specification are underway by the committee on analytical chemistry for metals, ores, and related materials (E01). A vote on the Test Method for Determination of Oxygen in Copper and Copper Alloys (E2575-08) took place in 2016, but negative votes need to be addressed before re-balloting. Interested parties should join the committee to participate.

The E01 committee is also working to create a test method for the analysis of copper and copper alloys by wavelength dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (WK51383). Volunteers interested in helping should contact Rory Montgomery ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

The committee is also working on two additional standards:

  • Usage of Handheld LIBS for Identification and Analysis of Metals (WK56484), and
  • Usage of Handheld XRF for Identification and Analysis of Metals (WK56485).

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