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Manufacturers of components and systems designated for US DOD applications and installations are required to meet the rigorous and harsh environmental test standards of MIL-STD 810H testing. This standard presents many challenges for product development engineers as they consider validation requirements for qualifying equipment for MIL STD 810.

MIL-STD-810 testing is a result of the U.S. Department of Defense Test Methods and Standards which emphasize designing equipment to meet or exceed the test limits and the conditions that it will experience throughout its service life. The MIL-STD-810 includes standard guidance intended to define environmental stress screening requirements including developing analysis and test criteria tailored to the equipment and its environmental life cycle. Manufacturers or laboratories are required to evaluate performance based on the equipment’s exposure to the environmental life cycle and identify compliance or deficiencies in the equipment’s design, materials or manufacturing processes.

For over 30 years, Clark Testing has supported equipment suppliers, throughout the U.S. Department of Defense, with expertise and project management to help guide customers through the product qualification process. In addition to MIL-STD-810 testing, Clark also provides test validation services including RTCA DO-160, MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-1399, MIL-STD-202, MIL-STD/DTL-901, DEF STAN 59-411 and DEF STAN 00-35 for aerospace and defense applications.

There are two parts to MIL-STD-810: The General Program Guidelines and the Laboratory Test Methods:

  • MIL-STD-810H Part 1: General Program Guidelines determine management, engineering, and technical roles in environmental design and testing. It focuses on the design and test criteria to the specific environmental conditions an equipment item is likely to encounter during its service life.
  • MIL STD-810H Part 2: MIL-STD-810 contains the environmental laboratory test methods to be applied using the test guidelines described in Part One of the document. Test methods in Part Two contain environmental data and references, and it identifies requirements of MIL-STD-810 test methods.

Over the years, MIL-STD-810 has been an iterative guideline that began in 1962 transitioning from the original MIL-STD-810A in 1964. The most recent revision of the test standards is MIL-STD-810G which in 2019 was superseded MIL-STD-810H.

The methods of MIL-STD-810 include:

  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 514 Vibration Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 515 Acoustic Noise Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 516 Shock Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 517 Pyroshock Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 518 Acidic Atmosphere Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 519 Gunfire Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 520 Temperature, Humidity, Vibration, Altitude Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 521 Icing/Freezing Rain Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 522 Ballistic Shock Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 523 Vibro-Acoustic, Temperature Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 524 Freeze/Thaw Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 525 Time Waveform Replication Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 527 Multi-Exciter Testing
  • MIL-STD-810 Testing Method 528 Mechanical Vibrations Testing of Shipboard Equipment
  • MIL-STD-810 Vibration Characterization Testing