Water Penetration Testing on a Historic Island Hospital
For an aerial view of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital which is currently under construction, check out this drone footage from their website.
What’s Fenagh’s Involvement?
Fenagh’s responsibility, outside of the typical structural components we specialize in, includes the unique testing of water penetration as noted by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E1105.
Understanding Water Penetration Testing
We first have to determine the dimensions of the interior frame of the window. Doing so allows us to accurately build the model in our test chamber. The test chamber is made in house by Fenagh and used to provide negative air pressure on the interior of the window. Once we have the specific static air pressure on the interior of the window, a rain maker spray rack uniformly applies water to the outside of the window at a specific static pressure.
Do leaky windows sound like a quality product?
What else might be affected by the incoming water?
All projects are different and present their own unique challenges. These challenges primarily take place in the setup of the test chamber on the interior side of the window. From project to project, a variety of manufacturers and installers are utilized, so the setup of the windows are always different. It is the responsibility of the technician to use their experience and problem solving skills to set up a test chamber that best replicates field conditions and apply an accurate amount of pressure, as outlined in the project specifications.
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Fenagh’s Engineering Team has extensive experience in performing water penetration testing, as well as many other special inspection and engineering services.
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