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ASTM F1577-05

ASTM F1577-05

Standard Test Methods for Detention Locks for Swinging Doors

2012-08-29 /Historical
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A major concern for detention and correctional administrative officials is the reliable operation of locks used in their facilities. These test methods aid in assigning a level of physical security and performance to locks for swinging door assemblies.

These test methods evaluate the resistance of a lock to attacks using battering devices, prying devices, and fire. These test methods also evaluate the performance of a lock under simulated operating conditions. These test methods do not provide a measure of the resistance or performance of a lock subjected to attack by chemical agents, ballistics, explosives, or other extreme methods of attack. These test methods do not measure the resistance or performance of the device when subjected to environmental elements such as rain, snow, or wind-carried dust or sand. Where such elements may be a factor, the manufacturer should be consulted for proper application.

The primary purpose of these test methods is to approximate the levels of abuse and operating conditions to which locks are subjected in detention and correctional institutions. The desired result of these test methods will provide a measure of assurance of protection to the correctional personnel, public, and inmates.

It is recommended that the detention/correctional facility administration provide adequate training, supervision, and preventative maintenance programs to enable door assemblies to function as intended throughout the expected service life.


1.1 These test methods cover the apparatus, procedures, and acceptance conditions for evaluating the normal operational performance and the performance characteristics under assault conditions of locks used in swinging door assemblies in detention and correctional institutions. Thus, they give only an indication of the performance characteristics of locks in actual service. Such variables as installation and maintenance conditions are not considered.

1.2 It is the intent of these test methods to help ensure that detention locks perform at or above minimum acceptable levels to control passage to unauthorized or secure areas, to confine inmates, and to delay and frustrate escape attempts and resist vandalism. It is recognized that in order to meet the intent of these test methods, door and frame assemblies must be compatible with the level of performance required by Test Method F 1450.

1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

1.4 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.

correctional facility; detention facility; detention security; fire test; hardware; impact test; locks; swinging door assemblies
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