Standard Test Methods for Determining the Effects of High Altitude on Packaging Systems by Vacuum Method
ASTM D6653 testing determine the effects of pressure differential when packaged products are transported via certain modes of transport, such as feeder aircraft or ground over high mountain passes. The results of these tests are intended to be used for qualitative purposes.
The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the ASTM D6653 test requirements.
Packaged products transported via the feeder aircraft network are liable to experience altitudes as high as 5,791 m [19,000 feet]. When exposed to these high altitude conditions, products or packaging systems, or a combination thereof, may be affected negatively by the resultant pressure differential. An ASTM D6653 test lab will expose the product to that environment.
ASTM D6653 testing is suitable for evaluating the effect of high altitude on packaging systems. These test methods are suitable for package or product, or both, development and engineering.
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