ASTM C1735 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Measuring the Time Dependent Modulus of Sealants Using Stress Relaxation

    Active Standard ASTM C1735 | Developed by Subcommittee: C24.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.07


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    Significance and Use

    The intent of this test method is to determine the time dependence of modulus in building joint sealants using two loading-unloading cycles to identify and mitigate any Mullins effect, and followed by a stress relaxation procedure to determine the time dependent modulus.

    This test method has found applications in screening the performance of building joint sealants since the modulus is one indicator of the ability of elastomeric building sealant to withstand environmental induced movements.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a procedure for measuring the time dependence of modulus in elastomeric joint sealants in a test specimen configuration described in Test Method C719. These sealant materials are typified by highly filled rubber materials. Any Mullins effect is first assessed and mitigated in two loading-unloading cycles. Time dependence of modulus in materials is then determined using a stress relaxation procedure.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C717 Terminology of Building Seals and Sealants

    C719 Test Method for Adhesion and Cohesion of Elastomeric Joint Sealants Under Cyclic Movement (Hockman Cycle)

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31201600(Other adhesives and sealants)


    DOI: 10.1520/C1735-11

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