MIL-STD-810 is a much viewed military standard that covers a broad range of environmental conditions.
MIL-STD-810 covers such topics as:
- Exposure to high and low temperature
- Temperature shock for operation and storage
- Rain including wind-blown and freezing rain
- Low pressure for altitude testing
- Salt fog for rust testing
- Sand and dust exposure
- Gunfire vibration and random vibration
MIL-STD-810 mainly is about the description of environmental management and engineering processes that can be of enormous value to generate confidence in the environmental worthiness and overall durability of a system design.
This important standard contains military acquisition program planning and engineering direction to consider the influences that environmental stresses have on equipment throughout all phases of its service life.
MIL-STD-810 is sometimes thought to impose design or test specifications. It does not. Rather, MIL-STD-810 describes the environmental tailoring process that results in realistic material designs and test methods based on material system performance requirements.
The MIL-STD-810 standard also contains military acquisition program planning and engineering direction to consider the influences that environmental stresses have on equipment throughout all phases of its service life.
Some of the products tested will carry a MIL-STD-810E rating. Others may be compliant with a MIL-STD-810F rating. Then there’s the MIL-STD-810G rating which is a revision of MIL-STD-810E and MIL-STD-810F.
The tests and methods are more or less the same but much of the standard has been rewritten to provide clearer direction.
MIL-STD-810 is maintained by a Tri-Service partnership that includes the United States Air Force, Army, and Navy.
The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, or ATEC, serves as Lead Standardization Activity / Preparing Activity, and is chartered under the Defense Standardization Program (DSP) with maintaining the functional expertise and serving as the DoD-wide technical focal point for the standard.
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology is the Administrator for WG-DTE043: MIL-STD-810, the Working Group that updates this constantly evolving standard.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers MIL-STD-810 Training, a one-day course that focuses on the purpose of the various MIL-STD-810 tests as well as the test environment and equipment. Participants will also learn the various methodologies required to perform each test.
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