ASTM E2639 - 12(2018)

    Standard Test Method for Blast Resistance of Trash Receptacles

    Active Standard ASTM E2639 | Developed by Subcommittee: E54.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08

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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test procedure is used to measure two of the main effects of an explosive detonated in a trash receptacle as related to the type and amount of explosive charge and the location where the charge is placed in the trash receptacle. The two effects are:

    5.1.1 Release of primary and secondary fragments, and

    5.1.2 Physical damage to the trash receptacle.

    5.2 This test procedure is applicable to all trash receptacles, including lidded or non-lidded as supplied by the manufacturer.

    5.3 This test procedure is used to generate data for use in developing performance specifications for trash receptacles.

    5.4 For users having interest in determining overpressures created by the detonation, Appendix X1 provides guidance for making such determinations.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method provides a procedure for characterizing the performance of a trash receptacle when an explosive is detonated within the receptacle.

    1.1.1 The procedure determines the extent and location of fragments produced during the explosion, and whether breaches are created in the exterior surfaces of the trash receptacle.

    1.1.2 Appendix X1 provides guidance for determining the magnitude of blast waves (that is, external overpressures) developed.

    1.1.3 Effects due to a fireball resulting from the detonation of an explosive within a trash receptacle are beyond the scope of the test method.

    1.2 This test method is intended to be performed in open-air test arenas.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values stated in parentheses are for information only.

    1.4 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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

    Government Standards

    DOD 4145.26 M Department of Defense: DOD Contractors Safety Manual for Ammunition and Explosives Available from the Defense Technical Information Center, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Suite 0944, Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060 6128.

    DOD 6055.9 STD Department of Defense: DOD Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards Available from the worldwide web at:

    Voluntary Product Standard PS 1 Structural Plywood Available from the worldwide web at

    ASTM Standards

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D747 Test Method for Apparent Bending Modulus of Plastics by Means of a Cantilever Beam

    D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

    D882 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    E2740 Specification for Trash Receptacles Subjected to Blast Resistance Testing

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.230 (Explosion protection)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 47121700(Waste containers and accessories)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E2639-12R18

    Citation Format

    ASTM E2639-12(2018), Standard Test Method for Blast Resistance of Trash Receptacles, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018,

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