MIL-STD-810C Military Environmental Laboratory Testing

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From assisting in the creation of the test plan to the issuance of the test report, our team provides timely and accurate assistance. Our EMC lab features over a dozen test chambers and stations. Our environmental lab has numerous shakers, temperature chambers and other test equipment.

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The remainder of this page speaks to the specifics of the MIL 810C test standard.

What is the Purpose of MIL STD 810C Compliance Testing?

MIL-810C establishes uniform environmental compliance test methods for determining the resistance of equipment. The objective is to determine the effects of natural and induced environments unique to military operations. MIL STD-810C provides environmental test methods in order to obtain reproducible test results. The test methods described herein are intended to be applied by the contractual documents.

Unless otherwise specified, the test item is installed in the test facility in a manner that will simulate service usage. This includes making connections and attaching instrumentation as necessary. Plugs, covers and inspection plates not used in operation, but used in servicing shall remain in place.

When mechanical or electrical connections are not used, the connections normally protected in service shall be adequately covered. For military tests that temperature values are normally controlled, the test chamber shall be at standard ambient conditions when the test item is installed.

How is the MIL-STD-810C Test Standard Organized?

The test item is operated to determine that no malfunction or damage was caused by faulty installation or handling. The requirement for operation following installation of the test item in the test facility is applicable only when operation is required during exposure to the specified test.

When operation of the MIL-810 test item is required during test exposure, suitable tests shall be performed. These determine whether the test exposure is producing changes in performance when compared with present data.

At the completion of each environmental test, the test item shall be inspected in accordance with the equipment specification and the results shall be compared with the pretest data obtained.

What are the MIL-810 Lab Requirements of the Test Chambers?

Test data will include complete identification of all MIL test equipment and accessories. The data will also include the actual test sequence used and ambient test conditions recorded periodically during the test period. The test record shall contain a signature and data block for certification of the test data by the test engineer.

Failure criteria is an important factor in MIL-810C testing. This military 810 test lab standard states that the item shall have failed the test when any of the following occur:

The monitored functional parameters deviate beyond the established acceptable limits. There is a catastrophic or structural failure of the unit under test. Mechanical binding or loose parts result in component failure or a hazard to personnel safety. These can include items such as screws, clamps, bolts and nuts.

A malfunction of the unit under test is considered a failure. The term malfunction should ideally be defined prior to the test starting. Finally, a degradation of performance beyond pretest record or equipment specification requirements.

This degradation includes any additional deviations from acceptable criteria established before the test and recorded. Also, deterioration, corrosion or change in tolerance limits of any internal or external parts which could in any manner prevent the test item from meeting operational service or maintenance requirements.

It is important to note that certain types of equipment are often expected to demonstrate lesser performance at an environmental extreme, partially low temperature. A failure would occur only if degradation is more than expected. Examples of these equipment types are propellants and electrically driven devices.

Expert MIL-STD-810C Compliance Lab Testing Services

Keystone Compliance is a leader in the testing of military and aerospace products. Our scope of accreditation includes all versions of MIL-STD-810. This document covers MIL-STD-810B. For more information about the other versions of this military standard, please click on one of the links below:

As an ISO-17025 accredited test lab, Keystone Compliance is accredited to complete a full MIL-STD-810 test program. Our test facility includes nearly 10 EMC test chambers, several shakers, dozens of climatics chambers and other necessary equipment.

We take a consultative approach and assist our customers throughout the entire test program. If failures arise, we assist in isolating them and finding potential solutions. Contact us to see why so many manufacturers partner with Keystone Compliance.

In addition to environmental testing, Keystone Compliance also has a full scope of EMC/EMI lab testing. Please visit our EMC website to learn more about our capabilities including shielding effectiveness, ESD, lightning, HEMP and many other types of EMC testing. We are also an ISTA-accredited package testing lab. We offer full package testing capabilities including testing to ISTA and ASTM standards.

The MIL-STD-810 test specification includes the following test methods and sections. For more information on each type of testing, please click on the associated links.