ASTM F2781 - 10

    Standard Practice for Testing Forced Entry, Ballistic and Low Impact Resistance of Security Fence Systems

    Active Standard ASTM F2781 | Developed by Subcommittee: F14.50

    Book of Standards Volume: 01.06


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    Significance and Use

    The success or failure of any attempt to forcefully penetrate a fence system is dependent upon three primary factors that collectively define the threatthe tools and devices employed, the number of aggressors, and their level of sophistication.

    Normally, a test procedure of this scope would be supported by years of laboratory testing intended to qualify and accurately reproduce the destructive effects of a variety of tools, implements, and devices. However, rapidly changing social conditions have created an immediate need for building components resistant to evolving forced entry techniques. Accordingly, the procedures presented herein are based more on field experience than laboratory analysis. They are more representative than inclusive, are intended to provide a basis for the comparative evaluation of different fence systems using forced penetration procedures, ballistic tests and impact testing, and are not primarily intended to be used to establish or confirm the absolute prevention of forced entries.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The forced entry resistance of fence systems is evaluated relative to three levels of forced entry threat using the limited hand tool inventory outlined in Table 1. It also establishes a system for rating the forced entry resistance of those systems (see Table 2). The tools specified to be used for testing at each threat level are those that are known to have a maximum destructive effect on structures and their sub-assemblies and are readily available to aggressors categorized as posing that level of threat.

    1.1.1 Low Threat Level (L)Specifically exempted from the inventory of available tools for the low (L) threat level category are power tools (gasoline, electric or hydraulic), and devices requiring more than one person to transport and operate.

    1.1.2 Medium Threat Level (M)Specifically exempted from the inventory of available tools for the medium (M) threat level category are power tools requiring an outside power source or self contained gasoline or battery driven tools and devices requiring more than two persons to transport and operate.

    1.1.3 Aggressive Threat Level (A)Specifically exempted from the inventory of available tools for the high (H) threat level category are devices requiring more than two persons to transport and operate.

    1.2 The ability of a fence system to offer protection from bullets fired from a rifle or handgun would be beneficial particularly in Border Fence areas where security personnel can be targets during patrol activities. Accordingly, a limited test using a .38 Special handgun and a 7.62-mm rifle is performed to determine if any level of protection is provided by the fence system.

    1.3 The ability of a fence system to provide impact resistance from a 4000 pound mass vehicle moving at a velocity of 20 MPH at a modest cost will provide relative guidance as to the strength of a security fence system in resisting low impact situations.


    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

    F1233 Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems

    U.S. Military Standards

    MIL-STD-662F Department of Defense Test Method Standard V50 Ballistic Test for Armor

    U.S. Dept. of Justice

    NIJStandard0108.01 National Institute of Justice Ballistic Resistant Protective Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.310 (Protection against crime)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121718(Safety fence and net for rock drop)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2781-10

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