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Ductmate 440 Butyl
Technical

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

DESCRIPTION
A 100% solids, polymeric, butyl based sealant material.

CHARACTERISTICS
Aggressive Tack - assures positive positioning and maximum surface contact.
Stable Configuration - will conform to surface undulations and irregular joint areas, yet is not easily displaced under compression.
Chemical Permanency - Low level of chemical reactivity is reflected as water resistance, UV resistance, non-corrosivity to metals, paint acceptance and the flexibility retention critical to joints subjected to movement, dimensional shock and racking. Compatibility with most plastics, foams and rubber as well as painted and unpainted metal surfaces is excellent.

USE
A sealant may be considered as a void-filling adhesive, Ductmate 440 tape was developed to provide a tough durable metal lap joint seal against the ingress of water, dirt and the like. Typical applications include sealing of duct flanges and laps in ductwork.

PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES

Solids 99 +/- 1%
Colour Off white
Specific Gravity 1.40 +/- .15
Odour Negligible
Shelf Life 12 months minimum
Service Life 20 years minimum
Service Temperature -50°C to 105°C

Adhesion
Tensile value of 0.09-0.12 N/mm² Cohesive at 25°C and compressed to 50% (at the rate of 50mm/minute - Instron).

Flexibility
Infinite at room temperature; excellent at low temperature. (No cracking or loss of adhesion to steel substrate at 40°C when bent 180° within two seconds around a 12mm dia mandrel).

Elongation/Webbing
Passes. (Test requires material support a head of water approximately 20 KN/m² at 300% to 800% elongation).
25°C - in excess of 800% with a continuous film.
-15°C - a continuous film in excess of 200% (water frozen) and 300% at water thaw.

CONSISTENCY
ASTM Test Method D 217 is used to determine the degree of softness. This involves evaluation of the sealant at low temperatures; workability and handling properties at high temperatures.

Conditions Range Typical
-15°C /300 grams/5 secs 40 minimum 50
25°C /300 grams/5 secs 115 maximum 110
50°C /300 grams/5 secs 145 maximum 142

Dimensional stability
Will not flow, slump or drip at elevated temperatures (105°C).

Ultra-Violet/Humidity
Retains excellent flexibility and exhibits no adhesion loss or appreciable hardening following exposure in an Atlas Twin Arc Weatherometer in excess of 3000 hours. (Cycle 102 minutes at high intensity UV followed by 18 minutes of high intensity UV combined with a water spray at a black panel temperature of 60°C).

Aging
Retains excellent flexibility with no apparent loss of adhesion to galvanised steel, aluminium or painted substrates. (Sandwiched panels compressed to 1.5mm and aged for one year at 90°C).

Non-corrosivity
No evidence of darkening, surface etching or salt deposition following contact with aluminium, galvanised steel or copper (90°C, at 100% Relative Humidity for 7 days).

Staining
No evidence of surface staining of painted substrates (UV exposure of 24 hours).

Plasticiser Migration
No visible 'bleed out'. (Metal to glass sandwich compressed 50% and placed in an oven for 24 hours at 105°C).

Water Resistance
No evidence of softening, adhesion loss or other adverse effects noted following immersion in water at ambient temperature.

SPECIFICATIONS

MIL-C-18960B, Type II, Class B equals or exceeds performance requirements.
MBMA - Ice Damming/Static Water Head Test - passes both simulated laboratory test and full field test.

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