Mechanical test: The mechanical test consists of three different drop tests. Each specimen shall be
subjected to the applicable drops as specified in 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52. The order in which the
specimen is subjected to the drops shall be such that, on completion of the mechanical test, the
specimen shall have suffered such damage as will lead to the maximum damage in the thermal test
(a) For drop I, the specimen shall drop onto the target so as to suffer the maximum damage, and
the height of the drop measured from the lowest point of the specimen to the upper surface of
the target shall be 9 m. The target shall be as defined in 6.4.14;
(b) For drop II, the specimen shall drop onto a bar rigidly mounted perpendicularly on the
target so as to suffer the maximum damage. The height of the drop measured from the intended point
of impact of the specimen to the upper surface of the bar shall be 1 m. The bar shall be of solid
mild steel of circular section, (15.0 cm ± 0.5 cm) in diameter and 20 cm long unless a longer bar
would cause greater damage, in which case a bar of sufficient length to cause maximum damage shall
be used. The upper end of the bar shall be flat and horizontal with its edge rounded off to a
radius of not more than 6 mm. The target on which the bar is mounted shall be as described in
(c) For drop III, the specimen shall be subjected to a dynamic crush test by positioning the
specimen on the target so as to suffer maximum damage by the drop of a 500 kg mass from 9 m
onto the specimen. The mass shall consist of a solid mild steel plate 1 m by 1 m and shall fall in
a horizontal attitude. The lower face of the steel plate shall have its edges and corners rounded
off to a radius of not more than 6 mm. The height of the drop shall be measured from the underside
of the plate to the highest point of the specimen. The target on which the specimen rests shall be
as defined in 6.4.14.
Thermal test: The specimen shall be in thermal equilibrium under conditions of an ambient
temperature of 38 °C, subject to the solar insolation conditions specified in Table 184.108.40.206 and subject
to the design maximum rate of internal heat generation within the package from the radioactive
contents. Alternatively, any of these parameters are allowed to have different values prior to and
during the test, providing due account is taken of them in the subsequent assessment of package
The thermal test shall then consist of:
(a) Exposure of a specimen for a period of 30 minutes to a thermal environment which provides a
heat flux at least equivalent to that of a hydrocarbon fuel/air fire in sufficiently quiescent
ambient conditions to give a minimum average flame emissivity coefficient of 0.9 and an
average temperature of at least 800 °C, fully engulfing the specimen, with a surface
absorptivity coefficient of 0.8 or that value which the package may be demonstrated to possess
if exposed to the fire specified, followed by;
(b) Exposure of the specimen to an ambient temperature of 38 °C, subject to the solar insolation
conditions specified in Table 220.127.116.11 and subject to the design maximum rate of internal heat
generation within the package by the radioactive contents for a sufficient period to ensure that
temperatures in the specimen are everywhere decreasing and/or are approaching initial steady
state conditions. Alternatively, any of these parameters are allowed to have different values
following cessation of heating, providing due account is taken of them in the subsequent
assessment of package response.
During and following the test the specimen shall not be artificially cooled and any combustion of
materials of the specimen shall be permitted to proceed naturally.
Water immersion test: The specimen shall be immersed under a head of water of at least 15 m for a
period of not less than eight hours in the attitude which will lead to maximum damage. For
demonstration purposes, an external gauge pressure of at least 150 kPa shall be considered to meet
Enhanced water immersion test for Type B(U) and Type B(M) packages containing more than 10^5 A2 and Type C packages
Enhanced water immersion test: The specimen shall be immersed under a head of water of at least
200 m for a period of not less than one hour. For demonstration purposes, an external gauge pressure
of at least 2 MPa shall be considered to meet these conditions.
Water leakage test for packages containing fissile material
Packages for which water in-leakage or out-leakage to the extent which results in greatest reactivity
has been assumed for purposes of assessment under 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124 shall be excepted from the
Before the specimen is subjected to the water leakage test specified below, it shall be subjected to the
tests in 126.96.36.199 (b), and either 188.8.131.52 (a) or (c) as required by 184.108.40.206, and the test specified
The specimen shall be immersed under a head of water of at least 0.9 m for a period of not less than 8
hours and in the attitude for which maximum leakage is expected.
Tests for Type C packages
Specimens shall be subjected to the effects of each of the following test sequences in the orders
(a) The tests specified in 220.127.116.11 (a), 18.104.22.168 (c), 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199; and
(b) The test specified in 188.8.131.52.
Separate specimens are allowed to be used for each of the sequences (a) and (b).
Puncture/tearing test: The specimen shall be subjected to the damaging effects of a vertical solid probe
made of mild steel. The orientation of the package specimen and the impact point on the package
surface shall be such as to cause maximum damage at the conclusion of the test sequence specified
in 184.108.40.206 (a).
(a) The specimen, representing a package having a mass less than 250 kg, shall be placed on a
target and subjected to a probe having a mass of 250 kg falling from a height of 3 m above the
intended impact point. For this test the probe shall be a 20 cm diameter cylindrical bar with the
striking end forming a frustum of a right circular cone with the following dimensions: 30 cm height
and 2.5 cm in diameter at the top with its edge rounded off to a radius of not more than 6 mm. The
target on which the specimen is placed shall be as specified in 6.4.14;
(b) For packages having a mass of 250 kg or more, the base of the probe shall be placed on a
target and the specimen dropped onto the probe. The height of the drop, measured from the point of
impact with the specimen to the upper surface of the probe shall be 3 m. For this test the probe
shall have the same properties and dimensions as specified in (a) above, except that the length and
mass of the probe shall be such as to incur maximum damage to the specimen. The target on which the
base of the probe is placed shall be as specified in 6.4.14.
Enhanced thermal test: The conditions for this test shall be as specified in 220.127.116.11, except that the
exposure to the thermal environment shall be for a period of 60 minutes.
Impact test: The specimen shall be subject to an impact on a target at a velocity of not less
than 90 m/s, at such an orientation as to suffer maximum damage. The target shall be as defined in
6.4.14, except that the target surface may be at any orientation as long as the surface is normal to the
Inspections for packagings designed to contain 0.1 kg or more of uranium hexafluoride
Every manufactured packaging and its service and structural equipment shall, either jointly or
separately, undergo an inspection initially before being put into service and periodically thereafter.
These inspections shall be performed and certified by agreement with the competent authority.