ASTM D5276 is a drop test of loaded containers by free fall. This test method establishes the procedures required to carry out a free-fall drop test for shipping containers weighing less than 50 kg (110 lbs). Micom offers ASTM D5276 testing as part of its Packaging testing services.
Factors to be considered in a drop test
ASTM D5276 testing is used to simulate drops that can occur while a loaded container, e.g.: a cardboard box is being handled during distribution. ASTM D5276 is strictly a test method; one cannot use this test method without combining it with a given set of requirements. The test by itself does not have any drop height requirements.
This test method therefore has to be combined with other technical documents such as an ISTA testing standard. These technical documents will dictate test parameters such as drop height and drop orientation and whether all drops need to be done on one single sample or not. For example, the ISTA 3A standard for regular shape packages requires a total of 17 drops to de carried out in different orientations on the same.
Typical Experimental parameters for ASTM D5276 testing
Number of Samples: 3 unless otherwise specified
Sample conditioning: must be defined
Drop height: must be defined
Drop orientation: must be defined
Number of drops: must be defined
Conditioning and testing Temperature: Ambient unless otherwise specified
Conditioning and testing relative humidity: Ambient unless otherwise specified
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