ASTM E2353 - 06

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

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

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    These test methods are intended to provide information from which applicable design data can be derived for the performance of glass in rails, guards and balustrade systems as infill panels that are fastened to concrete, masonry, wood and metal as well as related products, and to the performance of glass as the structural element of the rail, guard, or balustrade system.

    Specification E 329 abd Practice E 699 are standards that assist the user of these test methods to apply appropriate procedures and methods to ensure a quality result is provided.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures to be followed in testing the performance of glass in permanent railing systems, guards and balustrades installed in and for assembly, commercial, educational, industrial, institutional, stadiums, recreational, and residential buildings.

    1.2 These test methods are applicable to such railing, guard, and balustrade systems having glass as the major structural component or the infill panel

    1.3 These test methods can be used to determine whether permanent rails, guards and balustrades having a glass component comply with anticipated performance requirements of the applicable specifications, codes, and standards.

    1.4 Specifically, these test methods cover procedures for determining the static strength, impact performance, and post breakage retention characteristics of railing systems, guards, and balustrades with a glass component installed in one, two, three and four side support systems that are fastened to concrete, masonry, wood, and metal as well as 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 concentrated and linear 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 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 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. This specification does not address structural limitation of glass rails, guards, and balustrades or vehicular guards except when in the area of a pedestrian walkway.

    1.8 All values are stated in SI units and are to be regarded as standard. Values given in parentheses are for information only. Certain values contained in reference documents cited and quoted herein may be stated in inch-pound units and must be converted by the user.

    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)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2353-06

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