NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN SEALANT DIAGNOSTICS THROUGH DYNAMIC MECHANICAL ANALYSIS AND MICRO—SPECIMEN TESTING

Opportunities in sealant diagnostics

W.GUTOWSKI, L.RUSSELL, A.CERRA and S.PETINAKIS

CSIRO Building, Construction and Engineering, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Abstract

Establishing the “fitness for purpose” of structural and weatherseal sealants during the service life of a building constitutes one of the major challenges to structural engineers, building owners and regulatory authorities. Currently a range of tedious and costly surveys and tests is required throughout the entire life of these structures, involving the deglazing of a required number of structurally bonded units, to obtain structural certification. The cost and inconvenience ...

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