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ASTM E1612/E1612M-94(2013)e1

Standard Specification for Preformed Architectural Compression Seals for Buildings and Parking Structures

Standard Specification for Preformed Architectural Compression Seals for Buildings and Parking Structures E1612_E1612M-94R13E01 ASTM|E1612_E1612M-94R13E01|en-US Standard Specification for Preformed Architectural Compression Seals for Buildings and Parking Structures Standard new BOS Vol. 04.11 Committee E06
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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 E1399/E1399M.

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 8.1.

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 1Movement capability is defined in Test Method E1399/E1399M.

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

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.11
Developed by Subcommittee: E06.21
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/E1612_E1612M-94R13E01
ICS Code: 91.100.50