ASTM F1642 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings

    Active Standard ASTM F1642 | Developed by Subcommittee: F12.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    ASTM F1642

    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method provides a structured procedure to establish the hazard rating of glazing and glazing systems subjected to an airblast loading. Knowing the hazard rating provides the ability to assess the risk of personal injury and facility damage.

    5.2 The hazard rating for a glazing or glazing material does not imply that a single specimen will resist the specific airblast for which it is rated with a probability of 1.0. The probability that a single glazing or glazing construction specimen will resist the specific airblast for which it is rated increases proportionally with the number of test specimens that successfully resist the given level of airblast to the hazard level for which it is rated.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method sets forth procedures for the evaluation of hazards of glazing or glazing systems against airblast loadings. The specifying authority shall provide the airblast loading parameters.

    1.2 The data obtained from testing under this method shall be used to determine the glazing or glazing system hazard rating using Specification F2912.

    1.3 This test method allows for glazing to be tested and rated with or without framing systems.

    1.4 This test method is designed to test and rate all glazing, glazing systems, and glazing retrofit systems including, but not limited to, those fabricated from glass, plastic, glass-clad plastics, laminated glass, glass/plastic glazing materials, and film-backed glass.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. Values given in parentheses are for information only. For conversion of quantities in various systems of measurements to SI units, see E699.

    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. See Section 7 for specific hazards statements.


    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

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

    E997 Test Method for Structural Performance of Glass in Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under the Influence of Uniform Static Loads by Destructive Methods

    F2912 Specification for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings

    ISO Standard

    ISO/IECInternational General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.060 (Mechanical testing); 81.040.20 (Glass in building)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1642-12

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