Fenzi North America improves IG performance with Thiover

  Adhesives and sealants

Fenzi North America laboratories have demonstrated the superior performance of Thiover as a secondary seal versus normal silicones: the polysuphide sealant by the Fenzi group reduces gas leakage.

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A study conducted by Fenzi North America highlights the causes for failures of IG units
Architects, designers and builders typically assume that the primary seal prevents leakage and the secondary seal holds the glass lites together. However, among manufacturers it is understood that a perfect primary seal is not always feasible to attain properties of the secondary seal come in to consideration at all times.
Common application defects in the primary seal are complete gaps in the PIB, uneven application and in some cases uneven wetting out due to incomplete pressing of the units.
Albeit what seems to be a minor issue, could be a cause for serious failures as an insulating glass unit (IGU) starts to age. A study conducted by Fenzi North America highlights this issue. The improper application of PIB and the effect it has on an insulating glass unit using varying sealants was studied. Each unit that was analyzed was given a 1 cm gap in the PIB on one side of the unit to see the affect of a commonly occurring deficiency. The units were then subjected to high humidity testing where the temperatures were controlled at 60°C and relative humidity at 98%.
The results show that polysulfide is, once again, the best choice as a secondary sealant, with it losing less than 8% from original over 1,680 hours of high humidity and high temperature and silicone losing up to 20% from original in that same time span.
There are several factors that contribute to these results, such as the physical gas retention properties of silicone and polysulfide.
Differences in mechanical properties ...




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