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This specification covers the physical requirements for the fully cured elastomeric alloy and the movement capabilities of preformed architectural compression seals used for sealing expansion joints in buildings and parking structures. The preformed architectural compression seal is a rectangular elastomeric extrusion, having an internal baffle system produced continuously and longitudinally throughout the material. The architectural compression seal functions under compression and is usually chemically bonded in place with an adhesive. The architectural compression seal shall be a preformed extrusion manufactured from a fully cured elastomeric alloy, which shall be classified either M2CE 706 A16B15C12C20F19Z1Z2, or M2CE 708 A16B15C12C20F19Z1Z2. Materials shall be tested and the individual grades shall conform to the specified values of tensile strength, elongation at break, hardness, specific gravity, modulus, weight gain, ozone resistance, compression set, heat aging, ultimate tensile strength and elongation, tear resistance, brittleness temperature, water absorption, and movement capabilities. Workmanship, color, and appearance are also detailed.
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Significance and Use
8.1 Architectural compression seals included in this specification shall be those as follows:
8.1.1 Without frames.
8.1.2 Without flanges and nosing material(s).
8.1.3 Used in interior or exterior applications.
8.1.4 Used in any construction of the building.
8.2 This specification will give users, producers, building officials, code authorities, and others a basis for verifying material and performance characteristics of representative specimens under common test conditions. This specification will produce data on the following:
8.2.1 The physical properties of the fully cured elastomeric alloy.
8.2.2 The movement capability in relation to the nominal joint width as defined under Test Method .
8.3 This specification compares similar architectural compression seals but is not intended to reflect the system's application. “Similar” refers to the same type of architectural compression seal within the same subsection under .
8.4 This specification does not provide information on the following:
8.4.1 Durability of the architectural compression seal under actual service conditions, including the effects of cycled temperature on the compression seal.
8.4.2 Loading capability of the system and the effects of a load on the functional parameters established by this specification.
8.4.3 Shear and rotational movements of the specimen.
8.4.4 Any other attributes of the specimen, such as fire resistance, wear resistance, chemical resistance, air infiltration, watertightness, and so forth.
8.4.5 Testing or compatibility of substrates.
8.4.6 Strip seals.
8.4.7 Architectural compression seals used with frames.
8.4.8 Architectural compression seals used with flanges and nosing material(s).
8.5 This specification is intended to be used only as one element in the selection of an architectural compression seal for a particular application. It is not intended as an independent pass or fail acceptance procedure. Other standards shall be used in conjunction with this specification to evaluate the importance of other service conditions such as durability, structural loading, and compatibility.
1.1 This specification covers the physical requirements for the fully cured elastomeric alloy and the movement capabilities of preformed architectural compression seals used for sealing expansion joints in buildings and parking structures. The preformed architectural compression seal is a rectangular elastomeric extrusion, having an internal baffle system produced continuously and longitudinally throughout the material. The architectural compression seal functions under compression and is usually chemically bonded in place with an adhesive.
Note 1: Movement capability is defined in Test Method .
1.2 This specification covers all colors of architectural compression seals.
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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D395 Test Methods for Rubber PropertyCompression Set
D412 Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic ElastomersTension
D471 Test Method for Rubber PropertyEffect of Liquids
D518 Test Method for Rubber Deterioration--Surface Cracking
D624 Test Method for Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers
D746 Test Method for Brittleness Temperature of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
D865 Test Method for Rubber--Deterioration by Heating in Air (Test Tube Enclosure)
D1052 Test Method for Measuring Rubber Deterioration--Cut Growth Using Ross Flexing Apparatus
D1149 Test Methods for Rubber DeteriorationCracking in an Ozone Controlled Environment
D2000 Classification System for Rubber Products in Automotive Applications
D2240 Test Method for Rubber PropertyDurometer Hardness
D3183 Practice for RubberPreparation of Pieces for Test Purposes from Products
E577 Guide for Dimensional Coordination of Rectilinear Building Parts and Systems
E631 Terminology of Building Constructions
E1399/E1399M Test Method for Cyclic Movement and Measuring the Minimum and Maximum Joint Widths of Architectural Joint Systems
ICS Number Code 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials)
UNSPSC Code 31410000(Seals)
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ASTM E1612 / E1612M-94(2017), Standard Specification for Preformed Architectural Compression Seals for Buildings and Parking Structures, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.orgBack to Top