Expansion Joints and Pre-Compressed Sealants
SYSTEM -- Bridge Expansion Joint
• Watertight, tensionless silicone bellows
• Traffic durable
seal for bridge preservation
• Retrofit and new
• Easy installation, non-invasive anchoring
• Staged installation preserves traffic flow
• Joint-face adhered
• 100% free of wax or asphalt compounds
1/2" (12mm) to
+50% and -50% (Total 100%) of nominal material size (see
• Ideal for new construction and retrofit of old or failed
bridge expansion joint systems
• Metal reinforced edges where demolition and removal of
metal angles is not
feasible or affordable.
Watch How Quickly and
Efficiently BEJS Installs
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BEJS is not like other
foam-based expansion joints. BEJS is supplied precompressed to
less than the joint size. It is held in compression by its
packaging. When released it expands. BEJS, properly sized, is never
in tension in the joint. This is the key to its performance.
BEJS is coated at a width
that exceeds the maximum expected joint opening. Expansion is faster
when hot and slower when cold. The pictures below are of a small piece
of BEJS cut by the contractor to gauge expansion rate before
installation on a hot (95-deg-F) day. Expansion is slower in cold
Liquid sealants and
asphaltic plugs fail in extension due to tensile stresses at the
bondline or within the system. Closed-cell foams (EVA-types),
rubber compression seals, and inflated seals all fail from tensile
stresses at their bond lines after
The BEJS SYSTEM builds on a track record of over 30 years of sealing
bridge joints with precompressed, impregnated foam sealants.
The system is comprised of:
1) Precompressed, silicone-and-impregnated-foam hybrid installed into...
field-applied epoxy adhesive on the joint faces; with the Pecora 301 silicone
bellows locked to the joint faces with...
3) a silicone sealant band (see
The BEJS SYSTEM features an innovation in sealant technology in the form
of a patent-pending acrylic adhesive infused into the cellular foam base
material. This new chemistry incorporates a hydrophobic microsphere component never before available in a sealant formulation.
The material features sealing performance significantly greater than any
acrylic impregnated predecessor. In addition, it is odorless,
handling, UV stable, non-staining, and features
flexibility not previously available in asphalt, wax, or
The result is extension of the usability of the product to applications
where asphalt and wax-based predecessors did not work well under
thermal shock (rapid opening and closing of joints during
large temperature swings). These applications include joint-face adhered
installations on top decks as well as intermediate decks.
Suitability is further extended to horizontal-plane joint applications
in colder geographical regions to which asphalt and wax-based
predecessors have not previously been recommended.
RESIZE, REBUILD, RESEAL -- The EMSEAL
Approach to Bridge Expansion Joint Retrofit.
BEJS SYSTEM in
Typical Concrete Substrates (new or retrofit):
Watertight—the tensionless silicone bellows is installed just below the
deck surface. This ensures watertightness is achieved at the deck
Unlike liquid-applied sealants, compression seals, and inflated
seals, the BEJS SYSTEM does not rely on
adhesion in tension. Instead the material is precompressed in
the factory ensuring that the spring energy of compression is always
pushing back on the substrate.
Non-Invasive Anchoring—there are no hard metal-to-concrete
connections in the system. This includes embedded pins, anchors, screws,
bolts or tracks, trays or rails. The system is locked to the joint faces
by means of the 1) backpressure of the foam; 2) the epoxy adhesive, and
3) the injected silicone sealant band at the joint face to foam and
silicone bellows interface.
Continuity of Seal—as in all EMSEAL expansion joint systems,
continuity of seal through changes in plane and direction is an
essential performance differentiator. Details for watertight,
field-fabricated transitions from deck to wall, at curbs, sidewalks,
parapets, tees, and crosses are available with the BEJS SYSTEM.
Aesthetics & Versatility—Standard bellows color is
black with grey also readily available (other
custom colors are also available), uniform bellows appearance, fuel resistance, and an enhanced ability to handle
variations in joint size are among other system features.
fast, easy, and can be staged to preserve partial traffic flow.
• Capable of movements of +50%, -50% (100% total) of
nominal material size.
• Substrates must be parallel, plumb and capable of resisting approx.
2.5 psi backpressure from the foam.
• Standard sizes from 1/2" (12mm) to 4" (100mm). Other sizes available
subject to review of application: consult EMSEAL.
• Fuel Resistance: Silicone sealant is not degraded by contact with
fuel. Some swelling of the material will normally occur, but it will
return to its original shape upon evaporation of the fuel.
• BEJS is produced by coating an impregnated cellular foam with
AASHTO-approved, Pecora 301 highway-grade silicone.
• The expanding foam is cellular polyurethane foam impregnated with a
water-based acrylic containing a high performance micro-cellular
• The silicone external facing is factory applied to the foam at a width
greater than maximum joint extension and is cured before final
• Silicone application and curing takes place in a factory-controlled
environment. In contrast to field applied liquid sealant and backer rod
installations, no movement takes place during curing that can cause
deformation or stresses in the material.
• When compressed, a bellows is created in the coating. As joint
movement occurs the bellows simply folds and unfolds free of tension on
the bond line, and virtually free of tensile stresses in the silicone
material. Sizes under 1-inch (25mm) have a single-curve convex bellows;
sizes from 1-inch (25mm) through 4-inches (100mm) have a dual-curve
• The foam provides a resilient backing to the silicone coating, making
the system capable of resisting reasonable transient point loads.
• BEJS SYSTEM is supplied in 6.56 LF (2m) shrink-wrapped lengths
(sticks). It is precompressed to less than the joint size for easy
insertion. After removal from the shrink-wrap and hard board restraining
packaging, it expands gradually.
BEJS SYSTEM in New or
Rebuilt Joint Edges with
EMCRETE Nosing Material
BEJS SYSTEM in Existing
metal angle substrates (retrofit):
(Expanded Universal-90's information)
Factory-Fabricated Terminations and
Transitions—in all EMSEAL
expansion joint systems, continuity of seal through changes in plane and
direction is an essential performance differentiator.
BEJS is manufactured
in straight-run sticks which can be joined in the field to
"Universal-90" Transitions and
single-piece 90-degree units have a 12-inch long leg and a
6-inch vertical piece on each end of the elbow.
The Universal-90's are symmetrically coated on both
sides. This allows them to be installed as an upturn
or as a downturn. Either leg can be trimmed in the field
to connect to straight run material or to another Universal-90
when going, for example, up and over a curb and/or parapet.
end, on the 6-inch leg, in a 45o sealed and mitered end.
This allows termination as a stand alone upturn in a parapet wall or provides a surface
against to which a wall joint system can be married. Flipped over,
the Universal-90 termination unit can be alternatively installed as
downturn termination where a joint runs off the bridge deck. In this use,
the sealed, mitered end provides a drip edge for drainage of water off
In addition to guaranteeing
waterproof coating, EMSEAL’s
"Universal-90's" allow for
much faster and secure installation by eliminating field cutting
or notching and bending
(Need help with Bridge
Expansion Joints and Joints Sealants? Fax Us
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April 22, 2014
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