ASTM F1233 - 08(2019)

    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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    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 1: Specifically 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For a specific warning statement, see Warning in

    1.4 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.

    Other Documents

    American Iron and Steel Institute M-1020Structural Steel Available from American Iron and Steel Institute, 1000 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.


    UL 10BCFire Extinguisher Available from Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 333 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062.

    United States Military Ammunition SpecificationsAmmunition Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, Bldg. 4, Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094, Attn: NPODS.

    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

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 81.040.20 (Glass in building)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46151600(Security and control equipment)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/F1233-08R19

    Citation Format

    ASTM F1233-08(2019), Standard Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019,

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