MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 282, 20194th Central European Symposium on Building Physics (CESBP 2019)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||06 September 2019|
Hygric properties of hydrophobized building materials
1 Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark
2 KU Leuven, Department of Civil Engineering, Building Physics Section, Kasteelpark Arenberg 40, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
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Moisture loads due to wind-driven rain can lead to accelerated decay of exposed building facades. Hydrophobic impregnation reduces water absorption of facade materials and is thus presumed to decrease moisture related damages. Hydrophobic impregnation however also lowers the drying speed of the exposed facade, leaving mainly water vapour transfer to take place. This study examines the open porosity and capillary absorption coefficient of impregnated brick samples as well as the effect of hydrophobic impregnation on the vapour permeability of brick and mortar samples. The open porosity was measured with vacuum saturation test, the absorption coefficient was determined by water uptake tests, both done after one month of curing of the impregnated brick samples. The vapour permeability was `derived from cup tests and from drying tests. The resulting open porosity from brick samples indicates that the changes in the overall pore structure are minimal after impregnation. In addition, the absorption coefficient of brick was found to be fairly close to zero, even with low concentrations of active ingredient, and regardless the percentage of silane/siloxane. Our findings support the claim that the hydrophobic impregnation does not influence significantly the water vapour permeability of brick and mortar.
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