ASTM F1233 - 08(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems

    Active Standard ASTM F1233 | Developed by Subcommittee: F12.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    ASTM F1233

    Significance and Use

    6.1 This test method is based on field experience rather than laboratory analysis. It provides a basis for the comparative evaluation of ballistic/forced entry/containment resistance of security glazings and systems and should not be used to establish or confirm the absolute prevention of forcible entries or forced exits. This test method defines three factors which determine the success or failure of any attempt to forcefully enter (or exit) the glazing or system. They are: (1) the tools employed, (2) the techniques and methods used by the attackers, and (3) the total time available to effect the entry or exit. This test method defines two of the three factors (tools and techniques) and allows the third (duration) to vary in order to establish levels of forced entry or exit resistance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method sets forth procedures whose purpose is limited to the evaluation of the resistance of security glazing materials and systems against the following threats:

    1.1.1 Ballistic Impact,

    1.1.2 Blunt Tool Impacts,

    1.1.3 Sharp Tool Impacts,

    1.1.4 Thermal Stress, and

    1.1.5 Chemical Deterioration.

    Note 1Specifically exempted from this test method are the use of power (motor or engine-driven) tools or devices, explosives, military ordinance (excepting small arms) and tools, processes or devices requiring more than two persons to transport and operate.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pounds are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 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. For a specific warning statement, see Warning in 10.1.1.6.


    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

    A36/A36M Specification for Carbon Structural Steel

    A53/A53M Specification for Pipe, Steel, Black and Hot-Dipped, Zinc-Coated, Welded and Seamless

    A574 Specification for Alloy Steel Socket-Head Cap Screws

    F1029 Guide for Selection of Physical Security Measures for a Facility


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.310 (Protection against crime); 81.040.20 (Glass in building)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46151600(Security and control equipment)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1233

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