Australian Standards

Security screens must meet standards for both construction and installation in order to qualify as security screens, as well as passing stringent tests. Australian Standard AS5039 sets out the requirements for construction of the doors and window screens; Australian Standard AS5040 sets out the requirements for installation. AS5041 specifies the tests that screens need to pass to be classified as a security screen.

Testing

Australian Standard AS5041 sets out the required tests for security screen doors and windows. Key tests include the dynamic impact, jemmy, pull, probe, shear and knife shear tests. Testing must be carried out at an independent NATA accredited facility.

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Dynamic impact test

The dynamic impact test is designed to simulate an intruder trying to kick through a security door window. To pass the test, a door must withstand 5 consecutive impacts from a 40kg bag, hitting the door with a force of 100 joules. 

Knife shear test

The knife shear test determines the resistance of the security mesh to an attach from a heavy duty knife. The knife strikes the mesh a number of times with a constant force. If the knife penetrates the mesh with a cut longer than 150mm, the mesh does not pass. 

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