Creating a Safer Place at your Place
Creating a Safer Place
Whether or not you live in a cyclone-prone area, cyclone testing tells you a lot about a security screen. It’s the toughest test a security screen can go through and most security screens have not been cyclone tested at all. Those that have been tested, often skip the ballistics test and only pass the missile test at the relatively low impact speed of 54 km/h. ForceField® has passed the missile test at impact speeds of up to 104 km/h as well as the ballistics test at impact speeds of up to 178 km/h. Have a look at the results below…
Australian Standards Test AS/NZS 1170
The test: The cyclone test consists of a missile test and a ballistics test. In the missile test, a 4 kg timber block is smashed at the security screen. View video. In the ballistics test, 5 steel balls with a diameter of 8 mm weighing two grams each are fired at the security screen.
The result: Passed. During the missile test, ForceField® withstood a 65 km/h corner impact and centre impacts at speeds of up to 104 km/h. The force of the centre impacts reached 1,659 joules – 16 times more than what is required to pass the Australian Standards dynamic impact test! The steel balls in the ballistics test reached speeds of up to 178 km/h without penetrating the mesh.
Your benefit: The results of the cyclone test gives you confidence that the ForceField® security screen is the strongest residential security screen on the market. Few if any other standard residential security screens have passed this gruelling test.
US Hurricane & pressure cycle test
AAMA 506-06/ASTM E1996/ASTM E1886
The test: The US Hurricane & pressure cycle test consists of a missile test and a pressure cycle test. The missile test (Level D) smashes a 4.1 kg piece of timber at the security screen at an impact speed of 54 km/h.
The same security screen is then air pressure cycled – simulating various wind directions and wind speeds – 9,000 times at intervals of less than 5 seconds
The result: Passed. Neither test caused any problems for ForceField®. The missile test is less gruelling than the Australian Standards test, which was passed easily. The pressure cycle test report simply states that ‘the specimen showed no resultant failure or duress after cycle testing’.
Your benefit: The US Hurricane & pressure cycle test adds further evidence to the fact that the ForceField® security screen is the strongest residential security screen on the market.
FIRE ATTENUATION TEST FS 4302/3572
The Australian Standard for construction of homes in bushfire prone zones (AS 3959) simply states that openable windows must be screened with corrosion-resistant steel, bronze or aluminium mesh with an opening of less than 2mm x 2mm. Consequently most security screens with stainless steel can be used in bushfire prone areas. That doesn't mean that they are all equally good. We decided to put ForceField® to the test.
Fire Attenuation Test No. FS 4302/3572
The test: Prowler Proof asked CSIRO to expose a ForceField® window screen to a radiant heat flux level of 60 kw/m2 for a minimum of 60 minutes. Most bushfires will create heat levels of around 40 kw/m2 and will pass within minutes.
The result: Passed. After 91 minutes the window screen was still in position and it was decided to terminate the test. Throughout the test the heat level measured one metre behind the unexposed face of the window screen was approximately 10% of the level measured at the exposed face of the window screen.
Your benefit: Even during a bushfire ForceField® will protect you. It will not only stay in place. Just one metre inside your home, the heat will be reduced by approximately 90% compared to the heat outside at the surface of the screen.
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Energy & UV Light
There are many advantages of having a ForceField® security screen. Ventilation is one of them - the 1.5mm x 1.6mm mesh openings let plenty of air in. But did you know that the ForceField® mesh also keeps solar heat and UV light out during summer and reduces heat loss during winter? Few people would have thought that a security screen could make much difference so we decided to prove our point...
Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS)
The test: ForceField® is one of very few Australian security screens that has been WERS tested for both residential and commercial applications.
The result: Passed. Depending on application, ForceField® reduced solar heat gain and UV light by up to 67% (WERS rating 5 stars). Reduced heat loss was up to 28%, resulting in a 3 star WERS rating.
Your benefit: Prowler Proof ForceField® security screens will not only help you keep cool in summer, they will also help you stay warm during winter.
European Standard EN 14501
The test: The solar properties of ForceField® was tested to the European Standard EN 14501 at a testing facility in the UK
The result: Passed. With a solar and ultraviolet transmittance of only 43%, ForceField® keeps 57% of solar heat and damaging UV light out of your home.
Your benefit: Decreasing solar heat gain by 57% means that you can keep your home cooler in summer, reducing the need for air conditioning as well as your power bill.
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