Air, Water, Structural Mock-up Testing
The largest and tallest mock-up wall in the world.
East and west coast mock-up testing laboratories.
Can test multiple mock-ups at one time, with all the necessary cranes and
lifts to simplify construction, testing, and analysis.
Customer offices, customer lounge, telephone, fax, and Internet access available
for customers on-site during duration of mock-up construction and testing.
On-site machine shop, craftsmen, and tool crib keep the project moving
efficiently in the face of unexpected issues.
The integrity of a building envelope depends on the performance of its curtain
wall. That’s why Architectural Testing offers architects and designers comprehensive mock-up testing
capabilities to ensure that their curtain walls are properly designed and will function as
required. The results
of our testing are used to validate the design, workmanship, and material selection and to gain the
approval of clients, architects, and/or consultants.
Tests are performed according to AAMA, ASTM, ANSI, CSA, CPSC, Architectural
Project Specifications, and other standards and programs. Tests can involve precast
structures, metal/glass, exterior skins, live, or dead loads. Customized test conditions can
be devised by Architectural Testing experts to measure other performance attributes.
Recognized test methods and specifications are used to obtain data on:
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At Architectural Testing, size is never a restriction. Building envelope mock-ups can be constructed
measuring up to 120 feet wide by 60 feet high—the largest outdoor curtain-wall test
site in the world. Mock-ups up to 32 feet high can be built in one of our 10 indoor
test chambers. Other test equipment includes:
- Pratt & Whitney supercharged airplane engine used as air-blowers
- Water spray racks
- Air flow and pressure control panels with reversible blowers
- Laminar flow elements
- Liquid nitrogen distribution systems
- High pressure hydraulic equipment.
- Dynamic seismic racking equipment
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Insights and Possibilities
The Architectural Testing team knows how to devise and specify tests for a wide range of mock-ups
and conditions, which enables us to serve a diverse clientele. For an airport, we
constructed mock-ups of seven different designs created from architectural drawings
to test column beam stiffness. For the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in
Philadelphia, we tested sections of its unique, barrel-vaulted, glass roof. Other tests
were devised for curtain walls used in such notable buildings as the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute, Marine Corps Museum, NASA, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the World Bank, and many sports stadiums. Some of the world’s most
prestigious architects and construction firms trust the experts of Architectural Testing to provide the
insights they require to validate curtain-wall performance.
Typical Testing Methods
- AAMA 501
- ASTM E283
- ASTM E331
- ASTM E330
- AAMA 501.4
- AAMA 501.5
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