MIL Standards: MIL-STD-810: Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests

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MIL-STD 810 was developed for Department of Defense (DoD) applications and is often used for commercial products. The standard describes environmental management and engineering processes that can be of enormous value to generate confidence in the environmental worthiness and overall durability of a system design. The current version of the standard is MIL-STD 810G which incorporates the previous version (F) with corrections, changes and additions.

The purpose of this standard is to tailor a product’s “environmental design and test limits to the conditions that it will experience throughout its service life, and establishing laboratory test methods that replicate the effects of environments on material, rather than trying to reproduce the environments themselves.”

The MIL-STD 810G encompasses a series of tests approved by the department and agencies of the DoD. These tests address a range of environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, vibration and acoustic noise. Advanced Test Equipment Rentals has equipment for testing almost every test method found in MIL-STD 810G.

Test Methods listed in MIL-STD-810G:

  • Test Method 500.5 Low Pressure (Altitude)
  • Test Method 501.5 High Temperature
  • Test Method 502.5 Low Temperature
  • Test Method 503.5 Temperature Shock
  • Test Method 504.1 Contamination by Fluids
  • Test Method 505.5 Solar Radiation (Sunshine)
  • Test Method 506.5 Rain
  • Test Method 507.5 Humidity
  • Test Method 508.6 Fungus
  • Test Method 509.5 Salt Fog
  • Test Method 510.5 Sand and Dust
  • Test Method 511.5 Explosive Atmosphere
  • Test Method 512.5 Immersion
  • Test Method 513.6 Acceleration
  • Test Method 514.6 Vibration
  • Test Method 515.6 Acoustic Noise
  • Test Method 516.6 Shock
  • Test Method 517.1 Pyroshock
  • Test Method 518.1 Acidic Atmosphere
  • Test Method 519.6 Gunfire Shock
  • Test Method 520.3 Temperature, Humidity, Vibration, and Altitude
  • Test Method 521.3 Icing/Freezing Rain
  • Test Method 522.1 Ballistic Shock
  • Test Method 523.3 Vibro-Acoustic/Temperature
  • Test Method 524 Freeze / Thaw
  • Test Method 525 Time Waveform Replication
  • Test Method 526 Rail Impact
  • Test Method 527 Multi-Exciter
  • Test Method 528 Mechanical Vibrations of Shipboard Equipment (Type I – Environmental and Type II – Internally Excited)
Test Method Standard – Distribution Statement A (Department of Defense)
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Last Updated 8/10/17