The ASTM E (Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure. Imison. John H. Waskow, P.E.. Architectural Testing, Inc. Test Method: ASTM E , Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls. Purchase your copy of ASTM E – 00() as a PDF download or hard copy directly from the official BSI Shop. All BSI British Standards.
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This differs greatly from the AAMA and AAMA field testing procedures that are intended for evaluating newly installed fenestration products or quality assurance testing. Our field consultants are properly trained and knowledgeable of all testing standards. If you are looking for a reputable second or third-party testing company to perform accurate professional testing, provide concise reports, ast, help you through the entire process, contact BDG today.
ASTM E331 – 00(2016)
BDG utilizes professional testing equipment that is calibrated to each specific testing standard for accurate results. Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard. For specific hazard statements, see 7. Procedure B is a cyclic static air pressure difference.
Water that penetrates the assembly, but does not result in a failure as defined herein, may have adverse effects on the performance of contained materials such as sealants and insulating or laminated glass. The testing pressure differential is usually determined by the testing specifier. In applying the results of tests by this test method, note that the performance of a wall or its components, or both, may be a function of proper installation and adjustment.
The determination of the service history of the building to provide patterns in the observed leakage and visible damage and where to focus our investigation. It is difficult to simulate the identical complex wetting conditions that can be encountered in service, with large wind-blown water drops, increasing water drop impact pressures with increasing wind velocity, and lateral or upward moving air and water.
Some designs are more sensitive than others to this upward moving water. Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. The water spray system has nozzles spaced on a grid to deliver water so that the test specimen is wet uniformly, includingthose areas vulnerable to water penetration. The evaluation of the design concept to determine if any water resistance performance requirements were specified for the wall. This allows us to not only properly test fenestrations on new construction projects, but also pinpoint the cause of any test failures and provide accurate recommendations to achieve successful testing results.
Procedure A is a uniform static air pressure difference.
This s331 is utilized for either field quality assurance testing or forensic testing. Conducting the investigative testing to verify and extend hypotheses arrived at during the document review and inspection portions of the investigation using controlled and reproducible procedures. The main objective of forensic water testing is to identify the leak paths through the simulation of the weather events that produced the reported leakage.
The AAMA is the proper test method for field testing of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing for zstm leakage resistance and water penetration resistance performance. The calibrated spray apparatus spray-rack system delivers water to the test specimen at a rate of 5.
Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. This test method does not address these issues. This field water check method is not intended to test e3331 rated or specified water performance representative of a wind driven rain event.
These systems shall be tested per the AAMA Building Diagnostics Group, Inc. This starts with a clearly defined sequence of activities that SITC follows during a investigation: This test method does not identify unobservable liquid water which may penetrate into the test specimen.
Give us a call to discuss your next project. It can only be utilized prior to the issuance of the building occupancy permit and no later than six months after the installation of the fenestration product.
This test method exclusively utilizes a uniform static air pressure difference. Failures during quality assurance new construction testing can result in unnecessary delays that impact your bottom line. The diagnostic field water check is utilized for installed storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems only.
The ASTM E Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference is a testing standard that describes the procedures to determine the water penetration resistance of windows, curtain walls, skylights, and doors when water is applied using a calibrated spray apparatus while simultaneously applying uniform static pressure to opposite sides of the test specimen.
In service, the performance will also depend on the rigidity of supporting construction and on the asym of components to deterioration by various causes, vibration, thermal expansion and contraction, etc.
The air-pressure differences acting across a building envelope vary greatly. ASTM states the field test may also be made after the building is completed and in service to determine whether or not reported leakage problems are due to the failure of the installed assemblies. We provide testing services throughout the United States from our headquarters located in Atlanta, GA. Read more about what our customers have to say This specification is for quality assurance testing only of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems and their installation.
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ASTM E | Water Penetration Testing
ASTM states that the field test may be made at the time the window, skylight, curtain wall or door assemblies are initially installed. This standard is utilized for laboratory or interior mock up testing only. Most generic specifications call for a minimum testing pressure of 6.
The ASTM E testing is performed by applying water to the exterior of the test specimen while lowering the pressure inside by means of an air chamber built on the inside or opposite side of the test aatm.
Water Penetration Field Testing
The reviewing of project documents for the building. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard. See our page for further information. The purpose of this voluntary guideline is to recreate leaks that are known to occur. These factors should be fully considered prior to specifying the test pressure difference to be used. Specifically excluded from this field check method is axtm testing of operable components such as operable window and doors.
Analyzing the data and establishing a cause and effect relationship between wall characteristics and the observed leakage. MISSION Professional services based on accurate information that helps you or your company make the right decision regarding your project or asset. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate s331 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.