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Expancell HPS

constructive solutions

Heat resistant, joint sealant back-up cord

for hot pour sealants


Provides a non absorbent, heat resistant, compressible

backup cord; which can be inserted into a joint to control
sealant depth. Ideally suited to the following applications:

Parking and hardstanding areas.

Where so indicated on the contract drawings and

documents, all joints, to be filled prior to sealant
application, shall be filled using Expancell HPS cross
linked, closed cell, polyethylene foam back-up cord from
Fosroc. The back-up cord shall have a minimum density of
30 kg/m3 tested in accordance with ASTM D-1622; a
maximum water absorption of 0.03gm/cc tested in
accordance with ASTM C-1016; and shall have an
effective working temperature of not less than 215C.

Petrol stations.


Road pavements.
Airport runways.

Loading/unloading bays.

Density ASTM D-1622

: 32 kg/m3
Water absorption ASTM C-1016
: 0.03 gm/cc
R-value ASTM C-335-84
: 3.4
Maximum working temperature*
: 215C
- based upon tests carried out using a hot pour rubber
asphalt sealing compound, employed at temperatures
between 200C and 215C.

Labour saving - does not require separate bond
breaking medium, so easy to install.
Versatile - heat resistant, compatible with virtually all
sealant types.

*NOTE: Maximum safe operating temperature for sealants

such as Nitoseal 777* is 150C.

Economical - rot proof, non absorbent equates to long

term service life.

Instructions for use

Provides firm backing for sealant tooling and promotes

minimum strain geometry for the installed sealant.

When installed, the circular nature of Expancell HPS is

designed to compress the uppermost face into a convex
shape; in order to present the optimum geometrical
configuration, to produce minimum strain to the bottom of
the applied sealant.

Insulates the underside of the sealant from variations

in temperature, moisture and humidity from within the
joint cavity.

Please refer to the Estimating section of this data sheet for

recommendations on the size of cord to suit particular joint

Standards compliance
ASTM C-1016 : Water absorption


ASTM C-335-84 : R-value of 3.4

All joints to be filled should be clean, dry and free from

dust. Any laitence, or other surface deposits on the joint
face, should be mechanically removed prior to installation
of the back-up cord. Thereafter, joints should be
thoroughly cleaned to remove any obstructing, loose

Expancell HPS is an extruded, closed cell, low density
polyethylene foam back-up cord; which has been cross
linked to withstand temperatures well in excess of 2000C.
It is supplied as a circular cord and is available in a variety
of sizes.


Technical support

The Expancell HPS back-up cord should be pressed firmly

into position by hand. If necessary, a blunt tool (e.g.
wooden broom handle) can be used to assist insertion, but
care should be taken not to break the skin of the cord.

Fosroc offers a comprehensive technical support service

to specifiers, end users and contractors. It is also able to
offer on-site technical assistance, an AutoCAD facility and
dedicated specification assistance in locations all over the

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Additional Information

There are no serious limitations to the use of Expancell


Fosroc manufactures a wide range of complementary

products which include :


Waterproofing membranes & waterstops

Supply and coverage

Joint sealants & filler boards

Expancell HPS back-up cords are available in pre-packed

cartons. The lengths of each cord diameter contained per
carton are given below, together with suitable joint width
sizes for each size of cord.

Cementitious & epoxy grouts

Cord diameter

Joint width up to

Specialised flooring materials

Fosroc additionally offers a comprehensive package of
products specifically designed for the repair and
refurbishment of damaged concrete. Fosrocs Systematic
Approach to concrete repair features the following:

per carton

Hand-placed repair mortars

Spray grade repair mortars
Fluid micro-concretes
Chemically resistant epoxy mortars


Anti-carbonation/anti-chloride protective coatings

Keep stored in a dry location.
Chemical and abrasion resistant coatings


For further information on any of the above, please consult

your local Fosroc office - as below.

Health and safety

There are no health hazards associated with the normal
usage of Expancell HPS.
Expancell HPS is flammable at very extreme temperatures,
but does not constitute a fire hazard on its own.

Important note:
Fosroc products are guaranteed against defective materials and manufacture and are sold subject to its standard Conditions
for the Supply of Goods and Services, copies of which may be obtained on request. Whilst Fosroc endeavours to ensure that
any advice, recommendation, specification of information it may give is accurate and correct, it cannot, because it has no direct
or continuous control over where or how its products are applied, accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the
use of its products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation of information given by it.

Fosam Company Limited

Head Office
Post Box 11081
Jeddah 21453
Saudi Arabia


Telephone: +966 2 637 5345

Fax: +966 2 637 5891

email: fosam@fosroc.com

Regional Offices
Jeddah Sales Office
Jeddah Showroom
Khamis Mushayt

Tel: (02) 6080999

Tel: (02) 665 0787
Tel: (01) 482 9303
Tel: (03) 814 1282
Tel: (07) 250 0469

Fax: (02) 635 3330

Fax: (02) 667 4884
Fax: (01) 482 7562
Fax: (03) 814 1581
Fax: (07) 250 0469

Yanbu Tel: (04) 322 4280

Makkah Tel: (02) 542 0869
Medinah Tel: (04) 845 1767
Jubail Tel: (03) 362 3904

Fax: (04) 391 2980

Fax: (02) 542 0869
Fax: (04) 846 3195
Fax: (03) 362 3875

Registered Office: Industrial Area, Phase 4, Road No. 414, Street No. 407

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