Durability Evaluation of Adhesive Tapes for Building Applications
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionConstruction and Building Materials. 2018, 161 528-538. 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.11.056
In the building sector, various adhesive materials are experiencing an increased usage for sealing of overlaps and joints between most commonly used building materials, around penetrations, pipes and windows for increasing the moisture tightness and the airtightness of buildings. Among the adhesive materials are adhesive tapes that are used to ensure adequate airtightness of a building and thus must be able to withstand severe environmental conditions without significant long-term deterioration. Durability test methods are needed to evaluate whether the tapes fulfill their performance requirements for the service life of the whole building. However, there is a lack of reliable test methods and evaluation procedures for tapes used for building applications. This study was performed to evaluate tape durability testing and evaluation methods, which hence form a basis for further improvements of the existing methods.