ASTM A627-03

    Standard Test Methods for Tool-Resisting Steel Bars, Flats, and Shapes for Detention and Correctional Facilities

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    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover requirements for simulated service tests and testing equipment for determining the performance characteristics of various types and shapes of steels designated for use in detention and correctional facilities as fixed barriers to prevent egress and to control passage.

    1.2 It is the intent of these test methods to help ensure that opening assemblies such as detention security windows, grilles, bar grating, and other physical barriers incorporating steel bars perform at or above minimum acceptable levels for control of passage to unauthorized or secure areas, for confinement of inmates and to delay or frustrate escape attempts. To meet the intent of these test methods, opening assembles must perform to grade requirements shown in Tables X1.1 and X1.2 in Appendix X1.

    1.3 These test methods apply primarily to the steels used as essential components of detention security windows, grilles, bar grating, and so forth, in opening assemblies enclosing or separating secure areas of detention/correctional facilities.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The SI values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 This standard updates and combines two previous standards, ASTM Specifications A 627-95 and A 629-94, establishing new security grades and time durations.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    A629 Specification for Tool-Resisting Steel Flat Bars and Shapes for Security Applications

    C39/C39M Test Method for Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E18 Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials

    E329 Specification for Agencies Engaged in Construction Inspection, Testing, or Special Inspection


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.140.60 (Steel bars and rods)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46171507(Security bars)


    DOI: 10.1520/A0627-03

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