The ASTM-D5276 standard test method for drop test of loaded containers evaluates the capability of a container to withstand the sudden shock resulting from a free fall, or the capability of a container and its inner packing to protect its contents during the sudden shock resulting from a free fall. This test method may also be used to compare the performance of different package designs. It may also permit observation of the progressive failure of a container and the damage to its contents.
ASTM-D5276 is particularly suitable for containers that are normally handled manually during some part of their distribution cycle. Containers of such bulk or mass that they cannot be handled manually may be tested more satisfactorily in accordance with Test Method D 880, Test Methods D 6055, Test Methods D 6179, or Test Methods D 4003. See Practice D 4169 for additional guidance.