Durability testing is performed in order to stress a mechanical or electro-mechanical device in a time compressed simulation of it’s final use environment.
Typically the client supplies us with a test plan which defines the environmental and mechanical or electrical stress conditions which are applied to the device. The environmental, mechanical and/or electrical stresses are applied to the device in a controlled repetitive manner to accumulate the necessary use cycles.
Many durability tests require specialized test fixtures designed to load the device in the manner described in the test plan.We provide one-stop-shopping for our clients with our in-house experienced fixture design and build team. We can design and deliver anything from a simple tensile fixture right up to a fully automated sliding door durability fixture.
Some materials become brittle at low temperatures and become more susceptible to cracking under mechanical impacts.
Mechanical stresses are introduced by applying quasi-static or dynamic forces to the device and through vibration exposure.
Electrical stresses are applied through resistive, inductive or capacitive loading and by varying the electrical potential.
We have in depth experience performing durability testing programs to a variety of Tier 1 and OEM specifications from DV phase through to final PV qualification.
durability testing services
The detail requirements which describe your durability testing project are usually found within standard test methods. These methods are tailored to meet the requirements of different industries. Paragon Systems technical staff are experienced with automotive, rail transport, electronics, military and shipping test methods.
Our durability testing services include the following standards
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)
AREMA Part 11.5.1
ASTM C192 / C192M, ASTM D395, ASTM D4169, ASTM E587, ASTM D999, ASTM D4728, ASTM D4169
BellCore GR-63-CORE 5.4.2, 5.4.3
British Standards Institute
BS EN 60068-2 Series (-6, 50, 51, 53, 64), BS EN61373, BS EN 50155
California OSHPD Code Application Notice (US)
Defence Standard (UK)
DEF STAN 00-35, DEF STAN 08-123
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEEE 344, IEEE 693, ASCE 7-10, AC 156, GR-63-CORE
International Code Council
International Electromechanical Commission
IEC 68-2-59, Test Fe, IEC 68-2-26, IEC 68-2-34, Test Fd, IEC 68-2-35, Test Fda, IEC 68-2-6, IEC 60068-2-64, Test Fc, IEC 61373, IEC 60945, Section 8.7, IEC 60079-29 (-1, 4)
International Organization for Standardization
ISO 1940-1, ISO 10816-1/6, ISO 16750-3
International Safe Transit Association
ISTA 1B, ISTA 1C, ISTA 1E, ISTA 2A, ISTA 2B, ISTA 2D, ISTA 3A (3C,3D), ISTA 3F, ISTA 3G, ISTA 7B, ISTA 7D
Japanese Industrial Standards
JIS D 1601, JIS E 3014
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association
General Motors Worldwide
Military Standard (US)
MIL-STD- 167, MIL-STD-202 E/F/G (Method 201), MIL-STD-202 E/F/G (Method 204), MIL-STD-202 E/F/G (Method 214), MIL-E 5272, MIL-STD-810 E/F/G (Methods 514, 519), MIL-STD 883 G/H (Method 2005), MIL-STD 883 G/H (Method 2007), MIL-STD 1344 A Method 2005)
Netherlands Standardization Institute
Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics
RTCA DO-160 E/F/G, RTCA DO-227 6/23/1995 Sec. 2.3.1
SAE J575, SAE J1211, SAE J1455, SAE J1810
United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
UN ST/SG/AC.10/11/Rev.5 Para. 220.127.116.11
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure
VDI 2057-1,2, VDI 2059-1,3,4,5
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