Standard Practice for
Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems1
This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 4169; the number immediately following the designation indicates the year of
original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of last revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last reapproval. A
superscript epsilon (e) indicates an editorial change since the last revision or reapproval.
This standard has been approved for use by agencies of the Department of Defense.
1.1 This practice provides a uniform basis for evaluating, in
a laboratory, the ability of shipping units to withstand the
distribution environment. This is accomplished by subjecting
them to a test plan consisting of a sequence of anticipated
hazard elements encountered in various distribution cycles.
This practice is not intended to supplant material specifications
or existing preshipment test procedures.
1.2 The suitability of this practice for use with hazardous
materials has not been determined.
1.3 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. Specific precautionary statements are given in 1.1.
2. Referenced Documents
2.1 ASTM Standards: 2
D 642 Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit
D 880 Test Method for Impact Testing for Shipping Containers and Systems
D 951 Test Method for Water Resistance of Shipping Containers by Spray Method
D 996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments
D 999 Test Methods for Vibration Testing of Shipping
D 4003 Methods of Programmable Horizontal Impact Test
for Shipping Containers.
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