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A new committee has been developed by ASTM Committee E6 for measuring air leakage rates of fenestration products under imposed conditions of differential pressures and temperatures. This new method is different from the long-standing, internationally referenced ASTM Method E 283 in that it is performed under temperature differentials across the test specimen similar to ASTM C 236 and C 1199, and AAMA 1503-88.
This new method will show the impacts of expansion and contraction, shrinkage, compression-set, fabrication and design integrity, and material and component interactions in the air leakage rates of window and doors products.
This paper compares the two methods and provides some typical test data.
air leakage rates, differential air temperatures, windows, doors, weatherseals, sealants, cold temperature air leakage rates, field tests
President and owner, ETC Laboratories (Commercial and Research Product Testing), Rochester, NY