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A difficult sentence

March 18, 2008

Hi! I'm a spare time translator and find it difficult to understand the following sentence:

[4.3.2 Separate specimens. When the coated parts are of such form as to be not
readily adaptable to a test specified herein, or at the discretion of the inspector for
destructive tests for the sampling of small lot sizes, the test may be made by the use
of separate specimens coated concurrently with the parts represented. ]

Hope experts here can give some explanation. Thanks!


Learn Leo
Spare time translator - Hanzhong, Shaanxi, China

First of two simultaneous responses --

It means that you can use test panels or scrap parts for destructive testing of the real parts. Salt spray is considered a destructive test for the coating and possibly the part.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
March 19, 2008

Second of two simultaneous responses -- March 19, 2008

The clause 4.3.2 appears to cover situations where the items under investigation have an awkward shape/profile not fitting into the normal profile for which the specification was originally designed.
It also informs the test house that if the number of items in a specific batch were lower than normal, then it would be acceptable to carry out testing on a substitute test item/specimen of similar material/nature. These test items must have been through the processing cycle from start to finish at the same time as the batch of components.

Well, that is what I think.

Terry Hickling
Birmingham, United Kingdom

When the coated parts are not in the specifications then it can be coated a TEST PIECE representative of the coated batch. (LET ME KNOW IF YOU GOT IT)

Jose Castellanos
- Minneapolis, MN, USA
March 24, 2008

I know the gentleman is in China but there is no need to SHOUT.

Terry Hickling
Birmingham, United Kingdom
March 25, 2008

Maybe from where you are, Terry, but remember that the prevailing winds run West to East. So the sound has to carry a lot further to China from Minneapolis or Brick than from Birmingham :-)

Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey
March 26, 2008

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