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ASTM D3332 Mechanical Shock TestingASTM D3332 Mechanical Shock Fragility Package Testing

The ASTM D3332 compliance standard for mechanical shock determines the integrity of products during the transportation cycle. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, Keystone Compliance realizes the importance of mechanical shock package compliance testing. Meeting the ASTM D3332 requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

When packages do not meet the requirements, Keystone assists with finding solutions. We provide comprehensive reports shortly after the completion of the testing. Keystone takes a consultative approach throughout the entire test program. Lastly, our proven process helps avoid product launch delays.

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Summary of the ASTM D3332 Mechanical Shock Test

The ASTM test standard for mechanical shock determines the shock fragility of products. This fragility information is used when designing shipping containers for transporting the products. ASTM D3332 can also be used to improve product ruggedness.

Units that are transported within an outer container are considered to be the targeted product for this standard. These products are generally consumer packages.

Additionally, ASTM D3332 provides manufacturers with data on product shock fragility that can be used in choosing optimum cushioning for shipping containers or product design.

ASTM D3332 Mechanical Shock Compliance Testing Procedures

The ASTM D3332 standard outlines two procedures. Test Method A is used first. This test will determine the product’s critical velocity change. Test Method B is used next. Method B determines the product’s critical acceleration.

Sampling and Conditioning

Before testing, a sample size is determined. Sampling procedures and the number of test specimens depend on the specific purposes and needs of the testing.

If temperature and humidity conditioning is required, ASTM D4332 is carried out. Unless otherwise specified, all of the tests are conducted with the same conditions.


First, the product is mounted on the shock test machine. The product may be supported by a fixture similar in shape and configuration to the cushion that will support the product in its shipping container. The fixture must be fastened to the product so that the product does not leave the surface of the carriage during the shock test.

Test Method A: As mentioned above, test method A determines the critical velocity change portion of the damage boundary plot of a product.

One shock is performed. Next, the unit is examined or functionally checked to determine whether damage due to shock has occurred.

This method is carried out with incrementally increasing velocity change until product damage occurs.

Test Method B: This test method is used to determine the critical acceleration portion of the damage boundary plot of the product.

Trapezoidal shock pulses are generally used for this test method. One shock is performed. Next, the recorded shock pulse is examined to be certain the desired maximum-faired acceleration and velocity change are obtained. If no damage has occurred, the shock test machine is set for a higher maxim-faired acceleration level. This is repeated until damage occurs.


After the completion of the test, a report is expedited with the following information:

  • Reference to this test, including any deviations from the standard
  • Identification of the product being tested
  • Method of mounting the product on the carriage of the shock test machine
  • Type of instrumentation used
  • Recordings of the shock pulses
  • Record of the shock test machine drop height for each shock pulse that caused damage
  • Record of damage, including a photograph of product damage, if visible
  • Conditioning

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