Architectural Testing is the only test laboratory that is ISO 17025 accredited
to perform blast testing to ASTM F1642 and GSA TS-01
Provides engineering analysis and physical testing.
Helped develop the AAMA standard for Blast Hazard Mitigation.
Conducts testing to ASTM F1642 and GSA TS-01.
High-speed, high-resolution video up to 5,000 frames/second and high-speed,
high-resolution data capture for up to 4 channels at 5,000,000 samples per
channel per second.
Quick turnaround specimen loading and unloading; completely enclosed for
Currently capable to test up to 7' x 7' with future expansion to 12' x 12'.
Almost 75 percent of the damage and injury from a blast is due to flying and
falling glass. Consequently, building owners, tenants, and building codes
require a minimum level of blast protection. Architectural Testing provides engineering analysis
and physical testing of fenestration and protective-glazing products to rate
the level of blast protection provided by a product. Testing and analysis are
also used by designers, architects, consultants, and manufacturers to mitigate
hazards from glass fragmentation. Architectural Testing has worked closely with AAMA in
developing test standards for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Systems
and standards under the jurisdiction of the
F12 on Security Systems and Equipment.
The types of tested materials include:
- Laminated glass
- Insulating glass
- Insulated metal panels
- Anchoring systems
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Minimizing glass fragmentation caused by explosion is the fenestration
industry’s most demanding challenge. Architectural Testing brings nearly three decades of
experience in fenestration-performance testing to blast-hazard analysis and
testing. Our experience with curtain wall products helps us understand the
interaction between the system and the overall building envelope.
To create the test conditions required by the test standards, Architectural Testing has designed
and built a state-of-the-art shock tube that can evaluate the whole system: glazing, framing, and
anchorage points. The shock tube is designed for fast turnaround between tests. It is housed in a
dedicated, enclosed facility to allow year-round testing.
To record the procedure, a color digital video camera captures images at speeds
up to 5,000 frames per second. A high-speed data acquisition system enables real-time
acquisition of 4 channels of data at a rate of over 5 million samples per channel per
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Insights and Possibilities
Because many factors influence blast protection, customers benefit from the
experience Architectural Testing has gained from decades of fenestration testing. Today, we are playing
a leading role in the Protective Glazing Council’s (PGC) effort to develop standards
and specifications for protective glazing systems. With insights resulting from Architectural Testing
blast testing, customers will be able to:
- Determine the right product for a particular application
- Evaluate rigid versus flexible glazing protection concepts
- Determine the balance between multi-hazard objectives
- Evaluate durability of protective glazing
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Learn more about how the Architectural Testing Difference
can help you or Contact Us today.