Standard Historical Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011
ASTM E680-79(2005)

Standard Test Method for Drop Weight Impact Sensitivity Of Solid-Phase Hazardous Materials

Significance and Use

This method does not require an overall rigid standardization of the apparatus. Samples are tested either unconfined or confined in confinement cups. For confined tests, some of the important cup parameters, such as cup material, cup wall thickness, and fit between the cup and the striking pin, are standardized. Data generated from unconfined and confined tests will not, in general, exhibit the same relative scale of sensitivities, and must be identified as confined or unconfined data and compared separately.

This method applies to all testing where the intent is to establish a relative sensitivity scale for hazardous materials. It is not intended to prohibit testing process-thickness samples nor prohibit the use of other than standard tool masses and striking diameters to generate data for special purposes or for in-house comparisons. In addition, the method is not intended to restrict the generation of results at other than the H50 point as may be desirable for hazard analysis techniques.

The normalized data will serve as a measure of the relative sensitivities of hazardous materials at the 50 % probability of reaction level. The normalized H50 values can also be used in conjunction with additional data relating to other probability of reaction levels (not a part of this method) to assess hazards associated with the manufacture, transportation, storage, and use of hazardous materials.


1.1 This test method, is designed to determine the relative sensitivities of solid-phase hazardous materials to drop weight impact stimulus. For liquid-phase materials refer to Method D 2540.

This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems 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.

Contact Sales
Reprints and Permissions
Reprints and copyright permissions can be requested through the
Copyright Clearance Center
Book of Standards Volume: 14.01
Developed by Subcommittee: E27.02
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/E0680-79R05
ICS Code: 13.300