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2nd Edition

Sealants in Construction

ISBN 9781574447170
Published November 3, 2015 by CRC Press
424 Pages 243 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Revised Bestseller Offers Broad-Based Knowledge to a Wide Range of Technical Professionals

The definitive guide to sealing operations in construction, this latest edition of Sealants in Construction focuses on the most current technology, methods, applications, and standards relevant to sealant performance. Providing guided direction on how to choose and apply sealants, determine the properties of those sealants, and test and establish the cause of sealant failures, it addresses the design and engineering of structurally glazed systems and the chemistry and properties of various generic types including silicones, hybrids, and urethanes.

Divided into two parts, the book first covers basic topics relevant to the practical side of construction sealants, and is geared toward those interested in choosing the proper sealant. The second half introduces advanced topics that are more technical, includes historical context along with practical examples, and is directed toward anyone requiring more depth in these areas.

An indispensable resource essential to your collection, this book:

  • Explains the proper way to test sealants
  • Evaluates standard test methods that are used with construction sealants
  • Provides examples of emerging test methods appropriate for use with construction and highway sealants
  • Outlines methods for calculating the required joint sizes in conventional sealing, glazing, and structural glazing
  • Details the composition of the most popular types of sealants and hybrids

Sealants in Construction covers the use of sealants in the construction industry and aims for the increased use of nondestructive test methods for all sealant applications and a more integrated quality management approach to sealing operations. This book is of interest to architects, contractors, engineers, sealant manufacturers, and students, and is relevant to a variety of technical disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Sealants and a Short History of Sealant Development
Early Sealants Based on Natural Materials
Modern Sealants Based on Synthetic Polymers
Outlook on Future Developments

Jerome Klosowski

Selecting Joint Sealants
Calculating Joint Movement
Joint Sizing in New Construction
Remedial Sealing
Chemical Environment
Service Temperature
Intensity of Sun and Weather
Application Conditions
Other Considerations

Sealant Properties
Adhesion and Cohesion
Stress Relaxation
Compression Set
Resistance to Weathering

Sealant Specifications and Testing
Expansion and Construction Joints
Idealized Construction Sealant Specification
Conclusions on Testing Building Sealants
Highway Sealants
Conclusions on Tests for Traffic and Pedestrian Sealants
Color and Stain Tests
Tensile-Adhesion Test
Compatibility Tests: Corrosion and Stress Corrosion
Compatibility-to-Gasket Test
Field Test for Adhesion
Adhesion Test for Job

Application of Joint Sealants
Examining the Joint
Joints Larger Than Planned
Joints Smaller Than Planned
Cohesive Failure
Measuring Joint Width
Joint Movement Indicator (Scratch Test)
Adhesive Failure
Field Adhesion Test
Cleaning Common Substrates
Backer Rods and Bond Breakers
Backing Materials
Correcting for Improperly Sized Rods
Backing as a Flame or Fire Retardant
Sealant Installation
Tools and Skills of the Mechanic
Joint Movement during Cure
Dirt Pickup

Inspection and Investigation
Further Analysis

Andreas Wolf

Classification of Construction Sealants
Product Form
Setting Mechanism and Its Effect on Mechanical Properties
Chemical Nature of Binders and Cure Types

Overview on Sealant Types and Families
Rigid Sealants (Putties)
Cold-Applied Plastic Sealants (Caulks)
Hot-Applied Plastic or Elastic Sealants
Elastic High-Performance Sealants

Conventional High-Performance Sealants
Water-Borne (Latex) Acrylics

Hybrid (Silane-Modified) High-Performance Sealants
Silane-Terminated Polyethers
Silane-Terminated Polyurethanes
Silane-Terminated Polyacrylates

Sealed Insulating Glass and Insulating Glass Sealants
Historical Development of Sealed Insulating Glass
Functions of the Edge Seal
Environmental Degradation Factors Acting on the IGU and the Edge Seal
Diffusion Mechanisms Affecting Sealed IG Performance
Important Degradation Mechanisms Affecting the Functioning of the Edge Seal
Durability Testing of Sealed IGU
Properties of IG Sealants and Resulting Applications for IG
Importance of IGU Workmanship in Successfully Passing EN1279 Performance Testing
Design, Component, and Workmanship Considerations in the Manufacture of High-Quality, Long-Lasting IGUs

Structural Sealant Glazing
History of Structural Silicone Glazing Curtain Walls
Classification of Structural Silicone Glazing Systems
Stresses Acting on Structural Silicone Glazing Sealants
Standards and Specifications
Structural Joint Detailing
Structural Glazing Sealants
Structural Silicone Point Fixing
Roles of Major Participants in Value Chain
Quality and Reliability Considerations

Structurally Bonded Windows
Historical Development
Benefits of Direct Window Glazing
Glazing and Bonding Options
Structural Sealants
The Bonded Window as a System: Durability and Compatibility
Integrated Sash Direct Glazing
Summary and Outlook



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Jerome M. Klosowski received his master’s degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in 1965; received a master’s degree in chemistry from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, in 1966; and did postgraduate work in chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He authored the book Sealants in Construction and edited two other books. He holds 34 U.S. patents (multiple foreign filings); has published more than 70 articles in scientific and trade journals and four chapters in various encyclopedias, and has lectured on the chemistry and engineering of sealants in construction around the world.

Andreas T. Wolf received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1978 and was associated with Dow Corning from 1979 to 2015, where he held various managerial and professional positions within the science and technology department. He is the editor of 10 published books and the author of numerous scientific and technical publications and presentations within the realms of sealant chemistry, formulation, application, durability and degradation mechanisms, adhesion theory and measurement, and standardization. He retired from Dow Corning in 2015 and is currently teaching and consulting worldwide in the areas of sealant chemistry and applications.


"… the most comprehensive work on sealants that will be ever produced."
—Chris White, Research Chemist

 "… the most comprehensive and current state of the art knowledge accumulated on performance sealants in the commercial building and façade industry."
—Lawrence D. Carbary, Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, Michigan, USA

"This book has been written by two of the most experienced and respected scientists in the business. It contains the lifetime knowledge not just of Jerome and Andreas, but of numerous other technologists that they have encountered during their professional careers. … The combination of historical background, changes in requirements for sealants and technical progress in development and manufacturing, are excellent… It should provide an up-to-date reference of tremendous value to construction professionals. Architects, engineers, specifiers, polymer technologists and academics will find this book of enormous value."
—Professor Allan Hutchinson, Oxford Brookes University, UK

"… the most current comprehensive book on sealant technology, practical application and performance of sealants in the building industry today."
—Lawrence D. Carbary, Dow Corning Corporation, USA

"Jerry Klosowski and Andreas Wolf have put together the most comprehensive volume on sealants. These two giants of the sealant industry have personally witnessed and participated in the vast majority of the topics covered in this book. The attention to detail and comprehensive nature of this book is based on shared memories of watching or participation in the developments."
Chris White, Research Chemist