Glass barrier panels forming part of walls, facades, balconies, balustrades or parapets are required to meet the impact test requirements as laid down in BS6180:2011 ‘Barriers in and about Buildings’ and BS EN 12600:2002 ‘Glass in building. Pendulum test. Impact test method and classification for flat glass.’
Impact properties of glass infill panels are very important where people may come into contact with them, especially when moving, such as running down a stairway.
On-site and laboratory testing services are provided to ensure the integrity of the panels. Testing is conducted in strict accordance with the British Standards, including the use of a specially constructed test frame and impactor.
The test involves the panel resisting specified impact loads which are applied by swinging the special double tyre impactor from predetermined heights. Panels are examined for signs of damage or for safety of fracture as appropriate.
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