What is an Impact Resistance Test?

An Impact Resistance Test determines an object’s ability to resist high-rate loading. Think of it as one object striking another object at a relatively high speed. Resistance to impact for curtain walling, cladding, windows, and doors can depend on a number of factors.

Impact resistance is one of the most important properties for a part or façade designer to consider. It’s not just the ability of the material under test to resist impact; factors including how that material is fixed, what material it is fixed with, and how it transfers its impact load to the building will impact its overall resistance. It is, therefore, imperative that impact testing is carried out beforehand to ensure the correct system is selected for the project.

An Impact Resistance Test can be classified as “Hard Body” or “Soft Body” and can be applied to all external envelope building components. These can be carried out on-site at the client’s premises or at BET’s purpose-built laboratory testing facility.

Benefits of An Impact Resistance Test

An Impact Resistance Test is an important consideration when selecting building materials for your next construction project. It can help ensure that the materials you choose are reliable, safe, and up to code while avoiding costly repairs due to damage caused by impacts over time.

Benefits of Impact Testing include:

  • Reduced risk of injury from broken glass or flying debris caused by building material failure due to an impact event.
  • Compliance with safety regulations and codes, such as the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC).
  • Improved durability for product performance over time, resulting in less maintenance and repair costs.
  • Cost savings due to efficient installation processes when using pre-tested materials without further testing required on-site.
  • Peace of mind that your building materials will withstand whatever nature throws their way.

Impact Resistance Test Standards

BET tests to the following standards:

  • BS EN 14019:2004
  • BS 8200:1985
  • CWCT section 15
  • BS EN 13049:2003
  • CWCT Technical Note No 76
  • BS EN 6375-2:2009
  • BS EN 950:1999
  • BS EN 1192:2000
  • BS EN 12600 Pendulum Test

BET has more experience in impact testing than any other Irish Company. Contact BET today for all your Impact Testing requirements.

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