Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM D2463-95(2005)

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

Significance and Use

These procedures provide measures of the drop impact resistance of the group or lot of blown containers from which the test specimens were selected.

These procedures may be used for routine inspection purposes.

These procedures will evaluate the effect of construction, materials, and processing conditions on the impact resistance of the blown containers.

Before proceeding with this test method, reference should be made to the specification of the material being tested. Any test specimen preparation, conditioning, dimensions, or testing parameters, or combination thereof, covered in the materials specification shall take precedence over those mentioned in this test method. If there are no material specifications, then the default conditions apply.


1.1 This test method provides measures of the drop impact resistance of blow-molded thermoplastic containers as a summation of the effects of material, manufacturing conditions, container design, and perhaps other factors.

1.2 Three procedures are provided as follows:

1.2.1 Procedure A, Static Drop Height MethodThis procedure is particularly useful for quality control since it is quick.

1.2.2 Procedure B, Bruceton Staircase MethodThis procedure is used to determine the mean failure height and the standard deviation of the distribution.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are for information only.

Note 1—There is no similar or equivalent ISO standard.

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

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.01
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.19
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/D2463-95R05
ICS Code: 83.080.20; 83.140.99