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Phenolic Ballistic Resistant Laminate

BRASS™ is the first choice in bullet-resistant fiberglass laminate.  Lighter than steel, ricochet-resistant, and readily machined with ordinary hand-tools, Micarta BRASS is the ideal reinforcing substrate for your bullet-resistant architectural and building projects.

Utilizing a unique design and manufacturing process, a Class 1-A fire-rated projectile-resistant building material is now commercially available.  BRASS can be used in commercial and government structures, where increased ballistic protection is desired, while complying with numerous federal and state flame and smoke protection regulations.  BRASS provides far greater security and protection in walls, doors, counters, or other applications, as compared to polyester-based ballistic laminates.

Applications

Government & public buildings
Bank teller stations & ATMs
Courtrooms & judges' benches
• Postal facilities
• Corporate offices
• Convenience stores
• Gas stations
• Hotel lobbies
• Ballistic-resistant doors
• Armored vehicles


Features

Class 1-A fire/smoke-rated building material (ASTM E84)
UL-Listed
Certified to NIJ-STD-0108.01
• High-strength
• Lightweight
• Ricochet-resistant
• Easy installation using conventional hand-tools
• Meets FAA and Federal Aviation Regulation 25.853 for commercial aircraft compartment interiors


Specifications

Product

UL-752

Performance Level Standard

NIJ 0108.01

Performance Level Standard

Ballistic Requirements

Nominal Thickness

Weapon Weight Designation Speed

BRASS 01

Level 1

 

9mm

124 gr lead

FMJ

1175 ft/sec

1/4"

BRASS 02

Level 2

 

.357 mag

158 gr lead

JSP

1250 ft/sec

11/32"

 

Type IIA

.357 mag

9mm

158 gr lead

124 gr lead

JSP

FMJ

1250 ft/sec

1090 ft/sec

11/32"

BRASS 03

Level 3

 

.44 mag

240 gr lead

SWC/GC

1350 ft/sec

7/16"

 

Type II

.357 mag

9mm

158 gr lead

124 gr lead

JSP

FMJ

1395 ft/sec

1175 ft/sec

7/16"

 

Type IIIA

.44 mag

9mm

240 gr lead

124 gr lead

SWC/GC

FMJ

1400 ft/sec

1400 ft/sec

7/16"

BRASS 04

Level 4

 

.30 cal

180 gr lead

LSP

2540 ft/sec

1 3/16"

Level 5

Type III

7.62mm

150 gr lead

FMJ

2750 ft/sec

1 3/16"


Availability

• Standard sizes: 4'x8', 4'x9'
• Other (non-standard) sizes available on request


Aesthetics

• Readily adheres to Nevamar® or other plastic laminates via use of contact adhesive
• Can be decorated with a wide variety of veneers, drywall, wallpaper, other wall coverings, etc.


Installation Tips

• Cut with ordinary circular, table or panel saws
• Use of carbide-edged saw blades is recommended

• Butt-joints require a 4" batten strip backing, allowing 2" overlap on both sides of joint
• Can be fastened in diverse configurations using appropriate adhesives screws, etc.


Architectural Specification

Construction:

Ballistic-resistant laminates are available in two basic constructions: transparent (e.g., acrylic & polycarbonate) and opaque (ballistic-resistant fiberglass).

 

Thickness:

Ballistic-resistant laminates are manufactured in a variety of thicknesses, depending on the weapon threat the designer is requiring.  As a general rule, thicker laminates provide greater ballistic threat protection.  However, all ballistic-resistant materials do not perform equally.  As a result, ballistic-resistant laminate should never be specified by thickness, only by performance level.

 

Ballistic Protection Level:

The industry utilizes two major testing protocols upon which ballistic-resistant laminates are designed:

• Underwriters Laboratories Inc. UL-752
• National Institute of Justice NIJ-STD-0108.01


Underwrites Laboratories is the benchmark testing agency for the industry due to its periodic product testing program to confirm performance to designated threat levels.  If the product is not UL-Listed, it was not tested by Underwriters Laboratories.  All specifications should specifically identify the UL-752 or NIJ-STD-0108.01 protection level.

 

Fire & Smoke Protection:

There are basically five recognized National Model Fire Codes.  These codes outline the industry regulations for interior finish building materials and can be used to identify the level of protection for ballistic-resistant materials.

National Model Fire Codes
Designation Name Last Published Organization
NBC National Building Code 1990 Bldg. Official & Code Administrations Int'l
UBC (ICBO) National Building Code 1988 Int'l Conference of Building Officials
SBC (SBCC) Standard Building Code 1988 Southern Building Code Congress Int'l
CABO CABO 1&2 Family Dwelling Code 1990 Council of American Building Officials
NFPA Life Safety Code 1988 National Fire Protection Association
     
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