ASTM-D3332 Standard Test Methods for Mechanical-Shock Fragility of Products, Using Shock Machines

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Standard Test Methods for Mechanical-Shock Fragility of Products, Using Shock Machines



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1.1 These test methods cover determination of the shock fragility of products. This fragility information may be used in designing shipping containers for transporting the products. It may also be used to improve product ruggedness. Unit or consumer packages, which are transported within an outer container, are considered to be the product for the purposes of these test methods. Two test methods are outlined, as follows:

1.1.1 Test Method A is used first, to determine the product's critical velocity change.

1.1.2 Test Method B is used second, to determine the product's critical acceleration.

1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.3 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. For specific precautionary statements, see Section 6.

Significance and Use

4.1 These test methods are intended to provide the user with data on product shock fragility that can be used in choosing optimum-cushioning materials for shipping containers or for product design modification.


fragility; products; shock; shock machine;; ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

15.10 (Packaging; Flexible Barrier Packaging)

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55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories Including wrappers, paper, films, foils, cords, sealing devices, cushioning, etc. Adhesive tapes for general purposes, see 83.180)

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1999 R16 EDITION



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Publication Date

May 1, 2016

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Test Method

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8 pages

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