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2004 Annual Book of ASTM Standards
The 2004 Annual Book of ASTM Standards consists of 77 volumes, divided among 16 sections, of which this volume is one. It contains approved ASTM standards, provisional standards, and related material. These terms are defined as follows in the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees:
standard, n - as used in ASTM, a document that has been developed and established within the consensus principles of the Society and that meets the approval requirements of ASTM procedures and regulations.
standard, adj - as used in ASTM, a descriptive used in titles of test methods, specifications, and other documents to indicate consensus approval in accordance with ASTM procedures and regulations.
The various types of ASTM documents are to provide a flexibility of form, communication, and usage for both the technical committees and the myriad users of ASTM documents. The type of ASTM document that is developed and titled is based on the technical content and intended use, not on the degree of consensus achieved. ASTM standards can be of the following forms and types:
classification - a systematic arrangement or division of materials, products, systems, or services into groups based on similar characteristics such as origin, composition, properties, or use.
guide - a compendium of information or series of options that does not recommend a specific course of action.
Discussion - A guide increases the awareness of information and approaches in a given subject area.
practice - a definitive set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations or functions that does not produce a test result.
Discussion - Examples of practices include, but are not limited to: application, assessment, cleaning, collection, decontamination, inspection, installation, preparation, sampling, screening, and training.
specification - an explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, system, or service.
Discussion - Examples of specifications include, but are not limited to, requirements for: physical, mechanical, or chemical properties, and safety, quality, or performance criteria. A specification identifies the test methods for determining whether each of the requirements is satisfied.
terminology - a document comprising definitions of terms; explanations of symbols, abbreviations, or acronyms.
test method - a definitive procedure that produces a test result.
Discussion - Examples of test methods include, but are not limited to: identification, measurement, and evaluation of one or more qualities, characteristics, or properties. A precision and bias statement shall be reported at the end of a test method. (See Form and Style for ASTM Standards , Section A21, Precision and Bias.)
A new edition of the Book of Standards is published annually because of additions of new standards and Significant revisions to existing standards. Approximately 30 % of each volume is new or revised. Each volume contains all actions approved by the Society at least six months before the publication date. New and revised standards approved by the Society between the annual editions of any given volume are made available as separate copies. Users are cautioned to follow the most current issue of a standard except when a specific edition of a standard is cited, for example, as in a contract.
Development and Use of ASTM Standards
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Using the Annual Book of ASTM Standards
The standards are assembled in each volume in alphanumeric sequence of their ASTM designation numbers. Volumes 03.06, 04.09, 05.05, 05.06, and 06.03 are assembled first by committee, then in alphanumeric sequence. Each volume has a table of contents, listing the standards in alphanumeric sequence by ASTM designation; and a list by subjects, categorizing the standards according to subject. A subject index of the standards in each volume appears at the back of each volume.
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