ASTM D6653

ASTM D6653 is a standard test methods for determining the effects of high altitude on packaging systems by vacuum method. This standard is used to test how a package resists to low ambient pressure. Micom offers the ASTM D6653 test as part of its packaging testing solutions.

Altitude Chamber – use and factors to be considered

ASTM D6653 testing allows to validate seal integrity of packages in a diminished ambient pressure when they are transported in aircrafts or by ground over high altitude areas. This test method is used in test specifications such as ASTM D4169 testing and is suitable for both packages and products that might be susceptible to a low ambient pressure.

The chamber used for testing has to be large enough to contain the test specimen both under normal and depleted ambient pressure, as well as allow for the expansion of the product, the package or both.

ASTM D6653 testing can be done at ambient temperature or at lower than ambient temperatures depending on what it is that you are trying to simulate. Should you need help, our experts will be happy to recommend the proper test conditions. The test samples need to be regular production products in their regular packaging.

Typical Experimental parameters for ASTM D6653

  • Number of Samples: 3
  • Sample conditioning:  5.6 ± 2°C for a minimum of 24 hours
  • Expected Altitude Level: Altitude equivalent required in specification
  • Duration under vacuum: 1 hour
  • Temperature while under vacuum: 5.6 ± 2°C
  • Conditioning and testing relative humidity: Ambient unless otherwise specified

Other related test methods

For additional test methods related to ASTM D6653 package testing, we invite you to visit Transit Testing, ISTA Testing or ASTM D4169 Testing pages.

If you have any questions about ASTM D6653 package test or any other package related tests, we invite you to contact our material testing lab today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you with unique package testing requirements.

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