ASTM F842 - 14

    Standard Test Methods for Measuring the Forced Entry Resistance of Sliding Door Assemblies, Excluding Glazing Impact

    Active Standard ASTM F842 | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.51

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 These test methods are intended to establish a measure of resistance for sliding door assemblies subjected to attacks (other than impacting glazing materials) by unskilled or opportunistic burglars. Resistance to higher levels of force generated by skilled burglary attack requires methods, such as alarms, communication, or apprehension systems, or special security glazing materials more sophisticated than those evaluated by these test methods. Technicians performing the test should understand the intent of this test method and should be trained on the execution and pass/fail criteria.

    5.2 Entry through a sliding door assembly can be accomplished by impacting or removing glazing materials. This method does not evaluate glazing materials for breakage or de-glazing. Other standards must be used to evaluate forced entry by impacting or removing glazing.

    5.3 Acceptance criteria for performance levels are a matter for authorities having specific jurisdiction to establish. Suggested guidelines are found in Annex A1.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods determine the ability of sliding door assemblies to restrain, delay, or frustrate forced entry.

    1.2 For purposes of these test methods, sliding door assemblies are defined as described in 1.2.1 – 1.2.4 and as shown in Fig. 1. Sliding door assemblies with a combination of operable panels and fixed panels (lites) shall be classified and tested separately for each type.

    1.2.1 Type A—A sliding door assembly which incorporates one or more sliding panels that lock to the jamb.

    1.2.2 Type B—A sliding door assembly which incorporates one or more sliding panels that lock to an intermediate jamb.

    1.2.3 Type C—A sliding door assembly which incorporates one or more sliding panels that abut and lock to other panels.

    1.2.4 Type D—A sliding door assembly which incorporates one or more fixed or stationary panels that are designed not to open.

    Note 1See Fig. 1 for graphic depiction of sliding door assembly types.

    1.3 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.

    1.4 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

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    AAMA Standard

    AAMA1303.5 Voluntary Specifications for Forced Entry Resistant Aluminum Sliding Glass Doors

    CAWM Standards

    CAWM300-96 Forced Entry Resistance Tests for Sliding Glass Doors

    CMBSO1-79 California Model Building Security Ordinance


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.310 (Protection against crime); 91.060.50 (Doors and windows)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30171500(Doors)


    DOI: 10.1520/F0842-14

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