Title

Sealing and Caulking Compositions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-27-1979

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

Since the use of sealants and caulking compositions is essential for energy conservation in the construction of modern buildings, large quantities of hot melt and room temperature curing sealants and caulking compounds were used worldwide in 1978. This segment of the organic coatings polymer industry is diffuse and complex and usually considered as part of the one million tons adhesives industry. The U.S. Putty, Caulk and Sealant Industry consumes $15 million worth or acrylic and polyvinyl acetate latex annually.

Sealants may be puttylike mastics, noncured tapes or cured gaskets. The widely used puttylike sealants which are emphasized in this and subsequent chapters are available as both one component and two component formulations. The term sealants is used to describe compositions used as load bearing joints and the term "caulks" is used to describe those used as nonload bearing compositions.

Publication Title

ACS Symposium Series

Volume

113

First Page

101

Last Page

105

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