ASTM F2956 - 16

    Standard Test Methods for Anchor Systems Used for Detention Hollow Metal Systems

    Active Standard ASTM F2956 | Developed by Subcommittee: F33.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 A major concern for corrections administration officials is the resistance of security barriers used in detention/correctional facilities to certain types of physical attack that it is reasonable to expect in the field. These test methods are designed to aid in identifying a level of physical security for anchor systems used to install fixed detention hollow metal vision systems and door assemblies.

    4.2 These test methods are not intended to measure resistance to attack by corrosive agents, high-powered rifles, explosives, sawing, or other such methods. These test methods are intended to evaluate the resistance of a vision system to violent attacks using battering devices such as benches, bunks, fire extinguishers, or tables; hand guns up to and including the .44 magnum; and fires started by using mattresses, books, and similar flammable materials.

    4.3 The primary purpose or result of this standard is to provide detailed test methods that approximate the levels of abuse to which it is possible that vision system and door assembly anchor systems become subjected in the field. The desired result of its use is to give ensurance of protection to the public, to prison administrative personnel, and to the inmates themselves in the event of such attack.

    Note 1: It is recommended that detention/correctional facility administration provide adequate training, supervision, and preventive maintenance programs to enable hollow metal vision systems to function as intended throughout the expected service life.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover anchor systems used for the installation of fixed detention hollow metal vision systems and door assemblies of various materials and types of construction. These anchor systems are used to install fixed hollow metal vision systems and door assemblies in wall openings in detention and correctional institutions designed to incarcerate inmates.

    1.2 Anchor systems individual components investigated under these test methods include detention security hollow metal frames, frame anchoring, security glazing, panels, and removable glazing stops.

    1.3 These test methods are designed to test the capability of anchor systems used to install a fixed detention hollow metal vision system or door assembly to prevent, delay, and frustrate escape; to limit or control access to unauthorized or secured areas; and prevent passage of contraband.

    1.4 These test methods apply primarily to anchor systems used to install detention hollow metal vision systems or door assemblies between secure areas generally found inside a detention/correctional facility such as: day rooms, control rooms, cells, and sally ports. These test methods are applicable to anchor systems used to install vision systems and door assemblies other than hollow metal, provided testing and reporting procedures are followed.

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are 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 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

    A36 Specification for Carbon Structural Steel

    A615 Specification for Deformed and Plain Carbon-Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement

    C90 Specification for Loadbearing Concrete Masonry Units

    F1450 Test Methods for Hollow Metal Swinging Door Assemblies for Detention and Correctional Facilities

    F1577 Test Methods for Detention Locks for Swinging Doors

    F1592 Test Methods for Detention Hollow Metal Vision Systems

    F1643 Test Methods for Detention Sliding Door Locking Device Assembly

    F1758 Test Methods for Detention Hinges Used on Detention-Grade Swinging Doors

    F1915 Test Methods for Glazing for Detention Facilities

    ANSI/NAAMM/HMMA Standard

    ANSI/HMMA 863 Guide Specifications for Detention Security Hollow Metal Doors and Frames

    NFPA Standard

    NFPA 252 Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies

    UL Standards

    UL-10 (C) Standard for Positive Pressure Fire Tests of Door Assemblies

    UL-752 Standard for Bullet-Resisting Equipment


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 21.060.99 (Other fasteners)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31162100(Anchors)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F2956-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM F2956-16, Standard Test Methods for Anchor Systems Used for Detention Hollow Metal Systems, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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