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ASTM F1233-21

Standard Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems

Standard Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems F1233-21 ASTM|F1233-21|en-US Standard Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems Standard new BOS Vol. 15.08 Committee F12
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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.


1.1 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.08
Developed by Subcommittee: F12.10
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.1520/F1233-21
ICS Code: 81.040.20