Standard Test Method for Effects of Heat Aging on Weight Loss, Cracking, and Chalking of Elastomeric Sealants
Weight loss through volatilization of components of a sealant in a building joint may affect sealant appearance because of shrinkage and sealant performance because of the loss of functional sealant components. Exposure to high-temperature environments will accelerate the loss of volatiles.
This test method measures weight loss. It can be used in combination with a knowledge of sealant density to estimate shrinkage. In addition, when compared to sealant theoretical weight solids, it provides an estimate of the extent to which functional sealant components can be volatilized when exposed to high service temperatures. Substantial losses of this type may help predict early failures in durability. Also, development of cracks or chalking, or both, lessens sealant service life. However, a sealant that develops no cracks or chalking, or low weight loss in this test method, does not necessarily assure good durability.
1.1 This test method covers a laboratory procedure for determining the effects of heat aging on weight loss, cracking, and chalking of cured-in-place elastomeric joint sealants (single- and multicomponent) for use in building construction.
1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, 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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