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Significance and Use
5.1 Glass fiber reinforcing meshes are used to strengthen EIFS. The reinforcing meshes are embedded into base coats that contain portland cement, which potentially exposes the glass fibers in the reinforcing meshes to weakening by the action of alkali. The breaking force following alkali exposure as determined by this method, is a factor used to comparatively evaluate the alkali resistance of EIFS glass fiber reinforcing meshes in the laboratory.
5.2 This test method does not purport to simulate the conditions that may be encountered in service. The performance of an EIFS is a function of many factors, such as proper installation, rigidity of supporting construction and resistance of the EIFS to deterioration by other causes.
1.1 This test method covers procedures for determining the breaking force of glass fiber mesh following their conditioning in an alkali solution. The method is applicable to glass fiber mesh used in Class PB Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) with base coats that contain portland cement as an ingredient.
1.2 Breaking force is expressed both as force per unit width of mesh and as a percentage of the breaking force of the mesh that has not been exposed to alkali conditioning.
1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.
1.4 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.
D76/D76M Specification for Tensile Testing Machines for Textiles
D579/D579M Specification for Greige Woven Glass Fabrics
D5035 Test Method for Breaking Force and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Method)
E631 Terminology of Building Constructions
E2110 Terminology for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
Other DocumentsEIFSIndustryMembersA Guideline Specification for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS), Class PB
ICS Number Code 81.040.20 (Glass in building)
UNSPSC Code 41110000(Measuring and observing and testing instruments); 72152102(Exterior insulation and finishing service)