MIL-STD-810E Environmental Testing

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The remainder of this page is a summary of the MIL-STD-810E environmental testing standard.

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

There are three primary objectives of MIL-STD-810-E. First, is to disclose deficiencies and defects and verify corrective actions. The second objective is to assess equipment suitability for the environmental conditions anticipated throughout its life cycle. The final objective is to verify contractual compliance.

MIL-STD-810-E addresses various climatic and dynamic environments and situations. The user of MIL-STD-810E must determine which methods are appropriate for the specified program. The user must also choose which test procedures and conditions within the test methods are appropriate.

Regardless of which approach is chosen, at the end of Section I of each test method, a list of information is specified. This list is required in order to conduct the test procedures of Section II of the method. This information must be assembled by the environmental specialist and provided to the equipment supplier.

Scope of MIL-810E Compliance Testing

The bulk of MIL-810E testing is devoted to test methods. Individual methods are included to encourage accurate determination of the environmental stresses that an equipment will encounter during its service life. Guidance for accelerated or aggravated testing during the design process is included in some cases.

When determining a test plan for MIL-810E, a number of factors must be considered. These factors include the configuration of the hardware, environment that is encountered and the platform with which the hardware interfaces.

In addition, the interfaces with other equipment, absolute and relative duration of exposure phase, number of times phase will occur. Intermittency of phase and probability of occurrence of environmental conditions must also be considered.

What are the Test Conditions of Military Standard 810E Testing?

The design of the environmental test plan should include consideration to a variety of conditions. The probability of environmental occurrences, alone or in combination should be considered. So should the expected effects and failure modes and the effect on hardware performance and mission success.

The likelihood of the problem’s disclosure by the 810 lab test methods and occurrence of similar environmental stress in more than life profile phase should also be considered. Lastly, the experience gained from other equipment similarly deployed should be recorded and reviewed.

The accuracy of testing is critical. If test tolerances have been exceeded resulting in an under test condition, the test may be resumed from the point at which tolerances were exceeded.

If an over-test condition occurs, the best course of action is to stop the test and start over with a new test item. However, if any damage is a direct result of the over-test conditions, the test may be resumed and extended as specified. If an item failure occurs during the remainder of the test, the test results shall be considered invalid.

Expert MIL-STD-810E Laboratory Compliance Testing

Keystone Compliance has established a strong reputation in the military testing industry. Our streamlined consultative approach provides the guidance needed to obtain certification accurately, quickly and affordably. 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.