American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)

Definition - What does American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) mean?

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international standards organization that deals with materials, products, systems and services. Many of ASTM’s standards have been incorporated into local, state, and federal regulations, including those that that govern the trenchless construction industry.

The organization is now known as ASTM International.

Trenchlesspedia explains American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)

In 1898, Charles Benjamin Dudley and others established what would later be called the American Society of Testing and Materials. The organization’s website details the history of its founding, including initial resistance and eventual consensus to the standards related to industrial materials. Today the organization is responsible for over 12,000 standards globally.

ASTM plastic pipe standards include specifications for composite pipe, PVC drain, waste, and vent pipes, polyethylene saddle-fused joints, and dozens of other materials. Some of the broad categories for these pipe standards are: composite; drain, waste, and vent (DWV); energy piping systems; fittings; gas; land drainage; sewer; and test methods.

These and other specifications affect nearly every aspect of trenchless technology. Along with industry standards, ASTM’s website provides links to technical papers, meetings and other information related to trenchless construction.

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