Standard Test Methods for Determining the Effects of High Altitude on Packaging Systems by Vacuum Method

 The ASTM D6653 test determines the effects of high altitude / pressure differential when packaged products are transported via certain modes of transport, such as aircrafts or ground over high mountain passes. When exposed to these high altitude conditions, products or packaging systems, or a combination thereof, may be affected negatively by the resultant pressure differential.

These test methods are suitable for package or product, or both, development and engineering. Other test methods, such as Test Methods D3078, D4991 and D5094, test for leakage of packaging systems by vacuum method and are applicable for testing the effects of high altitude.


  • 1.1 Packaged products transported via the feeder aircraft network are liable to experience altitudes as high as 5 791 m [19 000 ft].
  • 1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

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