ASTM E3113 - 18

    Standard Specification for Ballistic-resistant Vehicle Door Panels Used by Public Safety Agencies

    Active Standard ASTM E3113 | Developed by Subcommittee: E54.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification specifies requirements for ballistic-resistant panels to be mounted in or on public safety vehicle doors to protect against complete penetration of projectiles from small arms.2

    1.2 The purpose of this specification is to define minimum performance for ballistic-resistant vehicle door panels.

    1.2.1 In addition to the required tests, optional tests with specific conditions are provided that allow testing beyond the minimum requirements of this specification. Statements of conformance with this specification do not include any optional test unless the optional test is conducted, and the results are included in the test report.

    1.3 This specification requires ballistic testing of vehicle door panels mounted either in a test fixture or mounted on a vehicle door for which the panel is designed.

    1.3.1 Door panels intended to be mounted inside a vehicle door shall be assessed in a test fixture with air backing.

    1.3.1.1 Two optional ballistic tests are provided for vehicle door panels intended to be mounted inside a vehicle door:

    (1) The preferred optional ballistic test assesses the panel in a vehicle door for which the panel is designed.

    (2) If a vehicle door for which the panel is designed is not available, a second optional ballistic test assesses the panel in a test fixture with air backing and a door skin simulant in front of the strike face of the panel.

    1.3.2 Door panels intended to be mounted on the exterior of a vehicle door shall be assessed on a vehicle door for which the panel is designed.

    1.3.3 An optional extreme temperature ballistic test is provided for purchasers concerned with performance of vehicle door panels in very hot or very cold environments.

    1.3.4 The optional ballistic tests are provided in Appendix X1.

    1.4 Selection and procurement guidance is provided in Appendix X2 to assist purchasers in using this specification to procure vehicles with ballistic-resistant door panels or to retrofit existing vehicles with ballistic-resistant door panels.

    1.5 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to non-SI units that are provided for information only.

    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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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

    E3005 Terminology for Body Armor

    E3062 Specification for Indoor Ballistic Test Ranges for Small Arms and Fragmentation Testing of Ballistic-resistant Items

    E3078 Practice for Conditioning of Hard Armor Test Items

    E3112 Test Method for Ballistic-resistant Products and Shoot Packs


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.310 (Protection against crime); 43.020 (Road vehicles in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 25172100(Vehicle safety and security systems and components)


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    DOI: 10.1520/E3113-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3113-18, Standard Specification for Ballistic-resistant Vehicle Door Panels Used by Public Safety Agencies, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.org

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