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MIL-STD 810 – Antifungal Testing

MIL-STD 810, or Military Standard 810, provides a stringent antifungal test method to determine product or material anti-fungal performance.

Fungi seen in ASTM G 21, ASTM D-5590, AATCC 30 and ISO microbial test methods

Sporulating fungi growing from the surface of a Mil-STD 810 test specimen.

The MIL-STD 810 test method incorporates components of environmental stress on the tested product or material.  The implication being that new material tested by other anti-fungal standards such as the ASTM G21 may not provide test results that actually reflect performance of the material after the material has been put into service.

There are many historic versions of the test 810 standard, the more current being the MIL-STD 810G.  Historic versions of the 810 Standard can be significantly different in both the manner in which materials are tested and in other components of the anti-fungal test method.

It is important to assess fungal growth and take into consideration microbial deterioration in the design of a material as part of the products expected life cycle, as well as understand how fungal growth can affect performance or use by impairing a material’s functionality.

Products undergoing MIL-STD 810 testing generally need to show high anti-fungal performance and durability as intended by the manufacturer, even with extreme exposure to microorganisms.

Product development can be costly and time consuming; Situ Biosciences’ product test laboratory can perform testing and provide tests results in an efficient and timely matter, allowing the customer to focus on the next important steps to implement their product on the market.

Components of MIL-STD 810

MIL-STD 810G section 508.6- Fungus

As the most current version and commonly requested 810 test, 810G is used to determine if materials comprising of a materiel or an assembled combination of material will support fungal growth, while also determining the immediate and long term effects that growth can have on a material's performance and use.

MIL-STD-810F section 508.5 - Fungus

810F is performed to assess the extent to which a material will support fungal growth, the immediate and long-range effects that growth may have on the performance or use of the material, as well as determining the nutrients supporting fungal growth.

MIL-STD 810C section 508.1 - Fungus

Similar to other 810 tests, the purpose of the MIL STD 810C fungi test is to assess the extent to which material will support fungal growth. Standard testing for this method is also 28 days; however, testing can extend up to 84 days.

MIL-STD 810E section 508.4 - Fungus

810E is for testing materials with a cycling 24 hr. temperature profile. This test determines how fast fungi will grow, how the fungi will affect the material, how well the material can be stored, and whether or not the material is safe to use following fungal growth.

Contact our antimicrobial lab at 847-483-9950 or info@situtest.com for more information about MIL-STD testing.

Situ Biosciences is Exhibiting in the Advanced Textiles Testing Demo Zone!

@ IFAI Expo 2017

September 26-29, 2017
New Orleans, LA

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Let us know if you’d like to have a meeting at the conference!

847-483-9950 – info@situtest.com