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Houston, Texas (USA) – December 3-7 2017 D02 Committee on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels and Lubricants D03 Committee on Gaseous Fuels E48 Committee on Bioenergy and Industrial Chemicals from Biomass

PEFTEC – 29-30 November 2017 (Visit ASTM International Booth #30!)

Attend ASTM Meetings Express your Views!

ASTM International standards-development meetings are attended by a diverse group of industry representatives, including manufacturers, users, distributors, testing laboratories, academicians, consultants and government personnel. ASTM staff members are also present to provide any needed support or guidance related to ASTM policy. There is no charge to attend, and all are welcome. All attendees have a voice and are encouraged to participate in discussions.


ASTM International President Kathie Morgan will attend the second edition of PEFTEC (Petroleum, Refining, Environmental Monitoring Technologies Conference) in Antwerp Nov. 29 and 30. At a luncheon, she and others will discuss the important role of international voluntary consensus standards in the global economy and how those standards help companies achieve their business objectives. PEFTEC events are attended by analytical chemists, scientists, process operators, laboratory personnel, and environmental managers who work in refining, chemical, and petrochemical industries. A number of trainings during the exhibition will cover aviation fuels, marine fuels, and statistics. Registration and programmes are available here:

Get Aviation Fuels Training on Specs and Test Methods at PEFTEC

ASTM International will be hosting its intensive Aviation Fuels training course at PEFTEC


Subcommittee on Aviation Fuels (D02.J) to Meet In Peru in April

SAVE-THE-DATE: To reach more stakeholders throughout its

global industry, the Subcommittee on Aviation Fuels (D02.J) will host their spring meetings in Lima, Peru, on April 24-28, 2018. In addition to the standards development task groups and meetings, there will be an onsite Aviation Fuels Training Course. The subcommittee will not hold meetings at the June 2018 D02 Committee Week. Contact Alyson (see below) for more information.

The “Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods” course focuses on how specifications are used to control the quality of aviation fuels and why they affect product performance and availability. Learn about the development of specifications and methods, past and current problems, methods of testing and manufacturing aviation fuels, and transportation systems. Discuss interaction of aviation fuels with aircraft engines and ground equipment.

Taught in a participatory atmosphere, this course includes access to numerous hands-on samples of aviation fuel equipment. In addition to the course workbook, you will also receive a copy of ASTM International’s manual on Aviation Fuel Quality Control Procedures, as well as copies of various ASTM standards. Register today to secure your space for this industry training here.


ASTM International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Eurasian Council on Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC) which represents standards bodies in 12 nations: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Krygyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. The MOU program supports the use of ASTM International standards while also encouraging global participation in the continued development of new and revised standards. The program now has 106 total signatories. ASTM International’s president, Katharine Morgan, signed the MOU

along with Vladimir Chernyak, EASC executive secretary. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with EASC and further expand standards-related collaboration in this exciting region,” said Morgan. ASTM International also has individual MOUs with the national standards bodies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Russia. ASTM International’s MOU program was launched in 2001. To date, ASTM International has identified about 7,500 instances of its standards referenced in laws, regulations, codes, and more in countries outside the United States. For more information on this program, visit or read ASTM International’s recently- released 2016 Annual Report. - Success Story: Marathon Petroleum Visit to understand how Marathon Petroleum leverages standards to take advantage of the energy sectors resurgence and strength. In an interview with Fred Walas, P.E., Fuels Technology Manager, Marathon Petroleum Company, Mr Walas talks about today’s energy developments, sustainability at his company’s refineries and the crucial role of standards in fuel production and quality control.

Proficiency Testing: 5 Additional A2LA Accreditations and New Cetane Program

ASTM International is rolling out a new proficiency testing program (PTP) to helps labs accurately test the combustion speed of diesel fuel and the compression it needs to ignite (cetane). This will help labs meet accreditation requirements – and ultimately enhance the quality of diesel fuels – by providing data that shows how their performance of test methods compares with others. Participating labs receive stable/homogenous diesel fuel test samples, test instructions and data report forms. Labs will be able to measure cetane number (D613), derived cetane numbers (D6890, D7170, D7668), and other diesel fuel quality properties. The first cycle is in October, with more in February and June. Register at

ASTM International gained additional accreditations from the globally-recognized American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for five PTP programs: biodiesel, base oil, hydraulic fluids and oils, lubricating greases, and reformulated gasoline. (This is in addition to six programs accredited earlier this year: automatic transmission fluid, engine oil lubricants, fuel ethanol, gear oil, industrial gear oil, and petroleum wax.) A2LA-accredited programs are assessed against criteria from “Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Proficiency Testing” (ISO/IEC 17043:2010). About 5,000 labs use statistical quality assurance tools in ASTM International PTP programs. More information:

New Launch: e-Seminar on Gasoline: Specifications, Testing, and Technology

Tis e-seminar is an enhanced video recording of a recent 3-day live seminar. It includes all of the materials from the live course as well as a follow-along transcript of what the instructor is saying.

For Statistics Professionals: Why 30?

What is the minimum number of data points recommended to estimate standard deviation? This is one of the most common questions posed to statistical professionals. The common answer from most statistical professionals is “30.” So, why 30? To answer the “Why 30?” question, read this brief discussion on the use of statistics to estimate population parameters: points/why-30-ja17.html

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