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Introduction to ASM Handbookand ASTM Standards

Lee Twombly

Jack Tarver Library

Mercer University

What is the ASM Handbook?

  • Published by ASM (American Society for Metals) International: The Materials Information Society

  • One of many ASM International information resources available to materials professionals, nontechnical personnel, and managers

  • A 20+ volume series that ‘features practical and proven data and guidance on properties, processing, performance, selection, analysis, and applications’

  • Most comprehensive source of information on ferrous and non-ferrous materials

What information is available?

  • Properties and Selection: Irons, Steels, and High-Performance Alloys(Volume 1)

  • Properties and Selection: Nonferrous Alloys and Special-Purpose Materials (Volume 2)

  • Materials Characterization (Volume 10)

  • Metalworking: Sheet Forming (Volume 14B)

  • Materials Selection and Design (Volume 20)

What information is available? cont’d

Volumes published since the printing of the Comprehensive Index, 2nd ed.

21A21 Composites

22 A22 Metals Processing

How do I access the ASM Handbook?

  • ASM International has 2 versions:

    • Print

    • Online (24 volumes plus 2 desk editions)

  • Online version available through ASM International’s website:

  • Subscription required to access ASM Handbook Online

    • check website for individual/membership subscriptions

    • talk with your employer about company subscription

Where is the ASM Handbook located?

  • Tarver Library has access to the print volumes

  • Accessible at the Circulation Desk on 2nd floor

  • Library of Congress call number: TA459 .A5 v.1-22B

How do I use the ASM Handbook?

  • Start with the Comprehensive Index, Second Edition

  • Locate your subject (e.g., “electrical coppers”)

  • Subjects found in the ASM Handbook will be indicated by the letter “A” (e.g., “electrical coppers” A2)

  • A key for interpreting subject locations is found at the bottom of each left-hand page (e.g., A2:Properties and Selection: Nonferrous Alloys and Special-Purpose Materials)

What are the ASTM standards?

  • Published by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) – recognized globally for the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards

  • Used to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence

  • Developed by the contributions of over 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals

Who uses ASTM standards?

  • individuals, companies, and agencies around the world

  • Purchasers and sellers incorporate standards into contracts

  • Scientists and engineers use them in their laboratories and offices

  • Architects and designers use them in their plans

  • Government agencies around the world reference them in codes, regulations and laws

What information is provided?

  • Over 12,000+ standards are available

  • Test methods, specifications, guides, and practices

  • Subject-specific coverage such as petroleum, steel, medical devices, property management, consumer products and many more

What information is provided? cont’d

How do I access ASTM Standards?

  • ASTM has 2 versions:

    • Print (80-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards)

    • Online

  • Individual standards are available in print or online for purchase from the Standards and Engineering Digital Library

  • Online access available:

    • through individual/corporate membership

    • for individual purchase

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