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ASTM International E Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Metal Roof Panel Systems by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference. ASTM E(). Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Metal Roof Panel Systems by Uniform Static Air Pressure. ASTM E is the standard test method for water penetration of exterior metal roof panels by uniform static air pressure difference. The ASTM E test.

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For specific hazard statements, see 7. These notes and footnotes shall not be considered as requirements of the test method. Prior to testing a positive static air pressure differential preload is applied. The calibrated spray racks shall deliver water uniformly against the roof surface at a minimum rate of five gallons per square foot per hour.

It is difficult to simulate the identical complex wetting conditions that can be encountered in service, including large wind-blown water drops, increasing water drop impact pressures with increasing wind velocity, and lateral or ashm moving air and water. SITC has utilized this test method to assist our clients with their quality assurance testing of metal panel roof systems.

Some designs are more sensitive than others to this upward moving water.

In applying the results of tests by this method, note that the performance of a roof or its components, or both, may be a function of proper installation and adjustment. This test method is a specialized adaption of Test Method E After applying the preload there is a astk minute recovery period.


A section of calibrated spray racks are set in place 12 inches above the specimen. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard. The purpose of this test method is to conduct quality assurance water penetration testing of the roof including panel side laps and structural connections.

Practical considerations suggest that every combination of panel thickness, span, and design load need not be tested in order to substantiate product performance.

These factors shall be fully considered prior to specifying the test pressure difference. Pre-loading is a essential part of the testing procedure.

ASTM E1646

This test method shall not, by itself, be relied upon to form conclusions about overall water penetration through satm roofs. Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard. A roof contains many details. This process is repeated for a total of three cycles.

Composite systems in which the source cannot be readily determined are outside the scope of this test method. Then the specimen is preloaded with a negative static air pressure differential for a minimum of 10 seconds. It does not include leakage at openings or perimeter or any other details. The positive test pressure shall be greater than or equal to 15 pounds per square foot.


ASTM E – Farabaugh Engineering and Testing

This is a test procedure. The slope of the roof is significant. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For that reason the slope of the roof plays a significant importance. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.

The preload test pressure differences positive and negative are to be specified. In service, the performance also depends on the rigidity of supporting construction, roof slope, and on the resistance of components to deterioration by various causes: Although prescribed modifications are outside the scope of this test method, an experienced testing engineer is able to use the principles presented in this test method and generate significant data by isolating specific details and measuring leakage.

The test is conducted by attaching the chamber to the test specimen. Read more about what our customers have to say