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Correlation studies between mock-up tests of lock-strip gasketed walls and unit push-out tests indicate a basis of developing an engineering approach to structural design paralleling the structural design procedures used for selecting glass. An exploration of the application of a lock-strip gasket for solar collectors suggests that design criteria should be determined from a statistical study of solar-climatic weather data. Further, the application of the unit-test approach will permit preliminary evaluation of new design concepts.
sealants, joint sealers, gaskets, glass, tolerances (mechanics), solar energy, static tests, weatherstripping, wind pressure
Oberdick, W. A.
Professor of architecture, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.