This is another part of a series of blog posts concerning the MIL-STD 810 Shock Section, Method 516. This blog was written with reference to MIL-STD-810G w/Change 1 dated 15 April 2014. DES has the experience and expertise to run your MIL-STD-810 test. For more information, please check out our DES shock testing services page and our other MIL-STD-810 shock testing blog articles:
Method 516, Procedure IV is for testing products that could be accidently dropped such as when they are removed from a shelve or dropped when handling. The test item is physically dropped onto a hard surface to produce the shock. Products can be tested inside their transit case or unpackaged. Typically, they would be tested in the configuration that is normally used for transportation, handling, or a combat situation.
The default drop test conditions are contained in Tables 516.7-VII through 516.7-IX from MIL-STD-810G w/Change 1. They are meant to represent typical drop events that an item might experience from the time it is shipped from its manufacturer to the end of its service life. Table 516.7-X and Figure 516.7-15 from MIL-STD-810G w/Change 1 show the standard drop orientations. Figure 516.7-16 shows typical edge and corner drop configurations for large packages as discussed in Notes 2-4 of Table 516.7-VII.
If practical, the product should be periodically visually inspected and/or operationally checked during the drop test. After completion of all of the drop events, typically a full visual inspection and operational check is performed.
Table 516.7-VII. Logistic transit drop test1
Table 516.7-VIII. Tactical transport drop test
Table 516.7-IX. Severe tactical transport drop test
Table 516.7-X. Five standard drop test orientations
Figure 516.7-15. Standard drop orientations for rectangular and cylindrical packages
Figure 516.7-16. Illustration of edge drop configuration