Adhesive applied roofing systems (AARS), a new generation of built-up roofs, are gaining popularity in North American low slope application. AARS uses no fasteners and all components (e.g., deck, vapour barrier, insulation board, and membrane) are integrated by the use of adhesives. As there are no metal fasteners, AARS can offer an advantage of reduction in condensation and thermal bridges for the roof assemblies. Even though, AARS have been in use, there have been no standard that exists to quantify its wind uplift performances. An industries-university-Canadian government collaborative research project, “Development of Wind Uplift Standard for Adhesive Applied Low Slope Roofing System,” has been initiated with three major tasks: Experimental investigation, formulation of a numerical model and development of wind design guide and standards. This paper documents a standardized small scale laboratory test method for the quantification of uplift resistance subject to tensile loading. As part of Task 1 of the project, this systematic investigation focuses on three key parameters: Loading rate, specimen size and end condition. The investigations were completed by constructing over 400 specimens. Both the maximum uplift resistance and the consistence in the failure plane are equally considered during the test method standardization. The data from this small scale testing can facilitate roofing industries to optimize the material combinations such that the uplift resistance data can be used as an indicator before performing a full-scale wind uplift testing.
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