ASTM D3332 - 99(2010)

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

    Active Standard ASTM D3332 | Developed by Subcommittee: D10.13

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.10


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    Significance and Use

    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.

    1. Scope

    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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments

    D2463 Test Method for Drop Impact Resistance of Blow-Molded Thermoplastic Containers

    D3580 Test Methods for Vibration (Vertical Linear Motion) Test of Products

    D4332 Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing

    D5112 Test Method for Vibration (Horizontal Linear Motion) Test of Products

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

    E680 Test Method for Drop Weight Impact Sensitivity of Solid-Phase Hazardous Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D3332-99R10

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