Standard Active Last Updated: May 12, 2021
ASTM C1815-17(2021)

Standard Practice for Periodically Measuring and Monitoring Sealant Dimensions to Stability Following a Period of Compression or Tension

Significance and Use

5.1 Many sealants have been observed to dimensionally change following a period of compression or tension, such as occurs during exposure in accordance with Practice C1589. It has been shown that for some sealants, increasing exposure to weathering increases the time required for dimensional stability and decreases the magnitude of dimensional change. Dimensional stability and knowledge of the stable sealant dimensions are critical to the accurate measurement of the sealant’s modulus by a test such as Test Method C1735.

5.2 This practice will find application in improving the accuracy of the modulus determined by a standard such as Test Method C1735 by using the accurate dimensions determined by this practice after stability is attained.


1.1 This practice covers a procedure for measuring and monitoring the physical dimensions of an elastomeric joint sealant in a test specimen configuration described in Test Method C719 following a period of compression or tension. These sealant materials are typically highly filled elastic materials. The dimensional change of these sealant materials is determined by measuring the dimensions at specific intervals over a period of time.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses after SI units are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.07
Developed by Subcommittee: C24.20
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/C1815-17R21
ICS Code: 83.140.50