W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., March 27, 2017—A new ASTM International guide responds to a decades-long need to enhance safety surrounding protective coating systems at nuclear power plants. The new standard (soon to be published as D8104, Guide for Determining Coating Qualification Test Data Applicability) was developed by ASTM International’s committee on protective coating and lining work for power generation facilities (D33).

According to ASTM International member Jon Cavallo, the new standard will help experts determine whether a coating system used for safety is covered by existing qualification testing or whether new testing is needed. The guide will also help design appropriate and cost-effective test protocols.

“This guide has been needed since the inception of commercial nuclear power programs in the late 1960s,” says Cavallo. “No comprehensive guidance for identifying specific attributes and ranges for safety-related protective coating system qualification testing existed until the approval of this standard.” 

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