In February, 2016 the ITA Board of Directors authorized the Safety Committee to commence a study to identify in specific terms issues associated with the UN Method used to identify forms of titanium to be classified as a Flammable Solid.
Combustibility identification test methods are a critical first step that determines how many regulatory authorities including buildings, equipment, shipping, and disposal of titanium are regulated. Early tests and analysis had identified potential problems with the test methods that created confusion as to how the tests should be conducted and interpreted.
The Safety Committee conducted surveys of the methods used by members and testing laboratories. Dr. Elizabeth C. Buc, PhD, PE, IAAI-CFI of Fire and Materials Research Laboratory, LLC is a recognized expert on the testing methods who conducted independent tests. This research supported the assumptions that the lack of clearly defined scientific test methods could produce different results for the same materials including the potential for false positives and false negatives.
At the January, 2017 Safety Committee meeting, Dr. Buc submitted a proposed expanded study concept which was approved by the committee. We were able to identify interest in the subject at the US Department of Transportation which resulted in submission of the attached White Paper.
I am very pleased to report the US Department of Transportation (DOT) requested a full proposal be submitted by December 15, 2017. While there is of course no assurances the DOT will award a contract for the research, we are optimistic that DOT has an interest in fully examining the issue of how best to identify flammable metals.
You will note the proposed research is not limited to titanium and that ITA is only a supporter of the effort having identified the issue and proposed a solution by conducting a proper technical examination.
We now want to demonstrate to the DOT that interested parties beyond ITA share the concern and support the effort to conduct the needed technical examination that could lead to improved methods for identifying the combustibility of metals. Once you have had the opportunity to review Dr. Buc's white paper, please consider consider supporting by adding your name and ITA will compile and send to the DOT to demonstrate there is widespread interest and need for this research.
We must receive your completed contact form no later than December 10, 2017 to meet the deadline.