How a military vehicle performs when exposed to desert dust and sand can be vitally important, not just to the operator, but to national security.

Military Standard 810, RTCA DO-160, and IP Code specifications addresses these and other environmental conditions that may be faced by materials and products. Although developed by the U.S. Department of Defense for military use, this standard provides a basis for evaluating the performance of construction, commercial, or consumer end-user products to real-life conditions in various regions of the world. 

Sand and dust testing is typically an IP test  (Ingress Protection). Ultimately, these tests are designed to test a component's resistance to a dust-filled environment. Sand and dust create a harsh environment for automotive chassis, under-hood, and exterior mounted devices. Exposure to fine dust causes problems with moving parts, forms conductive bridges and acts as an absorbent material for the collection of water vapor. Some electromechanical components may be able to tolerate fine dust, but larger particles affect or totally inhibit mechanical action. Cell phone cases are another excellent candidate for ingress protection from sand & dust. 

There are two basic kinds of sand and dust testing: Blowing Sand & Dust testing, and Settling Sand & Dust Testing. Element performs both.

Settling sand and dust testing standards

RTCA DO-160 Section 12 Category D and S

SAE J1455, 4.7.3

IEC 60529, IP5X, IP6X

Blowing sand and dust testing standards

Blowing Dust: MIL-STD 810F - Method 510.4.Para 4.2.2 Procedure I

Blowing Sand: MIL-STD 810F - Method 510.4.Para 4.2.3, Procedure II 

Element's blowing sand and dust chambers are fully calibrated with the unique ability to record test temperature, humidity, wind speed and particle concentration values in real time. Make sure equipment performing your blowing sand & dust testing is calibrated. It ensures the product is properly exposed to the blowing conditions required by MIL-STD 810. Element is A2LA Accredited to perform blowing sand and dust per MIL-STD 810.



JIS D0207

MIL-STD-810 E/F/G (Method 510 – Procedures I and II)

NEN-EN 1371-1/2

DIN 40050

IEC 60529

ISO 12103, ISO 20653

RTCA/DO-160 E/F/G (Section 12 - Cat. S and D)

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