ASTM D4577 - 05(2010)

    Standard Test Method for Compression Resistance of a Container Under Constant Load

    Active Standard ASTM D4577 | Developed by Subcommittee: D10.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.10


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    Significance and Use

    In the distribution system for many products there is a phase wherein the packaged product may be stored for a period of time in a manner such that one or more containers are superimposed one upon the other. The bottom package is thus continually stressed with a constant load.

    This test method subjects a container, empty or filled, to a predetermined static load, and to specified atmospheric conditions, if required.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is designed to determine the resistance of a shipping container to a vertically applied constant load for either a specified time or to failure. The test method may also be used for palletized or unitized load configurations.

    1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of whoever uses this standard to consult and 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

    D642 Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads

    D644 Test Method for Moisture Content of Paper and Paperboard by Oven Drying

    D685 Practice for Conditioning Paper and Paper Products for Testing

    D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments

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

    D4442 Test Methods for Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Base Materials

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D4577-05R10

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