ASTM E2353 - 14

    Standard Test Methods for Performance of Glazing in Permanent Railing Systems, Guards, and Balustrades

    Active Standard ASTM E2353 | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.56

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures to be followed in testing the performance of glazing in permanent railing systems, guards and balustrades including components such as rails and swing gates or other forms of required guardrail opening protection installed in and for assembly, commercial, educational, industrial, institutional, stadiums, recreational, and residential buildings and other structures such as towers or elevated platforms.

    1.2 These test methods are applicable to such railing, guard, and balustrade systems having glass or other glazing materials as the major structural component or the infill panel including swing gates and other forms of guardrail protection.

    1.3 These test methods can be used to determine whether permanent rails, guards and balustrades including components, having glass or other glazing material comply with requirements of performance specifications, codes, norms, and standards.

    1.4 Specifically, these test methods cover procedures for determining the static strength, impact performance, and post-breakage characteristics of railing systems, guards, and balustrades, including a component with glass or other glazing material installed in one, two, three and four-side support systems fastened to concrete, masonry, wood, metal, and related products.

    1.5 No consideration is given in these test methods to any possible deterioration of the railing, guard, or balustrade system or their connections and fasteners as resulting from adverse environmental or in-service conditions. The performance of special tests covering this aspect may be desirable.

    1.6 These test methods are limited to the application of loads and impact resistance described herein. Whenever uniformly distributed loads are to be resisted by a railing system, guard, or balustrade in accordance with governing specifications, codes, norms, and standards, the effects of such loads on the member stresses shall be determined by calculation and the corresponding concentrated and linear loads shall be tested. Should computations make it possible to provide the needed information, testing can be employed for verification.

    1.7 These test methods address the capability of glass or other glazing material rails, guards, and balustrades in one, two, three and four-sided support systems to continue in their function as a barrier by remaining in the designed framing system after impact or glass breakage. These test methods do not address structural limitation of glass rails, guards, and balustrades or vehicular guards except when in the area of a pedestrian walkway.

    1.8 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.9 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

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

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E699 Practice for Evaluation of Agencies Involved in Testing, Quality Assurance, and Evaluating of Building Components

    E935 Test Methods for Performance of Permanent Metal Railing Systems and Rails for Buildings

    E1481 Terminology of Railing Systems and Rails for Buildings

    E2025 Test Method for Evaluating Fenestration Components and Assemblies for Resistance to Impact Energies

    Other Standards

    16CFRPart1201CPSC Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 81.040.20 (Glass in building)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30171700(Glass products)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E2353-14

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E2353-14, Standard Test Methods for Performance of Glazing in Permanent Railing Systems, Guards, and Balustrades, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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