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Testing

The Benefits of Building Material Simulations using FEA

How can 3D modeling in the virtual world help the design and construction of actual buildings? As technology has advanced in recent years, engineers and architects have moved away from drawing and making calculations with paper and pencil to using Computer Aided Modeling, or CAD, to digitally model larger and more complex structures.

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Tear Propagation of Silicone Sheets: The Importance of Knotty Tear

All precured silicone sheets are not the same. Despite similar appearances and chemistries, there are considerable ...
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Adhesion and Compatibility: How Both Affect Critical Connections

When choosing the appropriate sealant for any building application, it’s important to understand the compatibility and ...
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Testing Nail Sealability: Poking Holes in your Air Barrier

Air barrier membranes are punctured thousands of times when anchoring facades like stucco, metal panels, stone panels ...
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Understanding Wall Performance with the WUFI Model

To simulate the performance of a wall system under real-world conditions, design professionals and engineers often ...
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Analyzing Air Permeability - Vapor Barriers for Building Enclosure

The permeability of building materials has significant implications on the long-term durability and effectiveness of a ...
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Air Barrier Testing Part 2: Adapting to Measure Assemblies

In part 2 of this air barrier testing blog series, we will review existing test methods for individual air barrier ...
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Air Barrier Testing Part 1: The Basics

Buildings leak. But what if they didn’t have to? For air barriers, a building material notoriously susceptible to ...
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Testing Buildings to Withstand Seismic Conditions

Designing structures to withstand extreme movement, even the intense effects of seismic events, can be a challenge. The ...
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Mock-Ups: Construction's Crash Test Dummies

The automotive industry found a way to ensure safety performance from all manufacturers to car owners through testing ...