Weather and the deterioration of building materials

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Journal titleASTM Special Technical Publication
Pages145156; # of pages: 12
Subjectbuilding materials; weathering; durability; deterioration; moisture content; weathering; corrosion; environments; deterioration; durability; climatology; exposure; building materials; Hygrothermal properties; Building envelope
AbstractEarly attempts to predict the effects of the weather on the deterioration of building materials were often little more than speculation. The inadequacy of the results is discussed using freeze-thaw cycles and the annual driving rain index as examples. More precise empirical relationships will have to be based on laboratory or test- site observations and may require special weather analyses such as the humidity tables prepared for a study of corrosion of metals. More complex relationships are being found and the analysis of the weather often will involve the study of the coincident values of two or more elements. The research scientist should be aware of the weather data now generally available and the types of analyses that could be provided.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number18635
NPARC number20331474
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Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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