List of Standards for Vibration Testing

JTL America provides vibration testing expertise for a variety of industries. Many of these industries require specific standards in order to qualify their product. Below is a list of various vibration testing standards we use. These standards are categorized by industry.

Automotive  |  Aerospace and Aviation  |  Military and Defense  |  Optical Instruments  |  Transportation/Packaging  |  Electronic Equipment  |  Railway Applications  |  Environmental Testing


The automotive industry has its own set of vibration testing standards. These standards depend on several factors including the type of part and manufacturer. Our testing facilities provide vibration testing for vehicles/parts manufactured by General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and more.

General procedure for testing switches on GM vehicles.

Vibration testing on Fuel System Components on GM vehicles.

General Motors vehicle testing standard involving mechanical shock and vibration durability for thermal under hood pressure.

General standard of testing that tests the environmental durability of electrical components on automotive vehicles.

General Motors automotive testing standard for fuel pump modules.

GM standard which defines the requirements, functional tests, and durability tests for low voltage automotive single and multiple-pole electrical connectors, terminals, and related components.

Validation Tests for Interior Mounted Unexposed Modules.

Ford Motors standard of testing involving audio. Specifically, Audio High Series FAP/China Engineering Specification.

Reliability testing for a vehicles voltage and electrical indicators. This includes components which send signals for pressure, fuel, temperature, etc.

Compression testing measures for rubber. This testing measures the ability of rubber on a vehicle to return to its original state after it undergoes compression at specific temperatures.

Specifications for rotors in a constant (rigid) state. It specifies balance tolerances, the necessary number of correction planes, and methods for verifying the residual unbalance.

Japanese industrial Standard for Vibration Testing methods for automobile parts.

Aerospace and Aviation

Aerospace and Aviation applications require specific vibration testing standards to validate aircraft and spacecraft for flight. These standards are set by regulatory bodies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA).

Standard developed by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics. The standard involves Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment.

Military and Defense

Primary standard for testing for United States Military applications. This standard was developed by the Department of Defense (DOD) and it involves testing this equipment against environmental conditions (i.e. altitude, explosions, etc.)

Military test standard involving Mechanical Vibrations of Shipboard Equipment Screen reader support enabled.

Another U.S. Military Standard developed by the DoD. This standard involves Mechanical Vibrations of Shipboard Equipment.

Military test standard involving electronic and electrical component parts.

Military testing standard involving Test Methods for Semiconductor Devices.

Department of Defense Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests.

Program developed by the U.S Navy involving temperature cycling and random vibrations.

Optical Instruments

The standards for testing on optical instruments are published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Optical instruments using combined sinusodial vibrations in environmental conditions such as heat or cold.

Optical instruments using combined controlled broad-band random vibrations in environmental conditions such as heat or cold.

Optical instruments using temperature cycles in conjuction with sinusodial or random vibrations.


Most standards of testing for the transportation industry are published by ASTM International

Vibration testing standard that involves verifying the integrity of shipping containers.

Vibration testing of products in a vertical linear motion at the surface which the product is mounted.

Random vibration testing of shipping containers.

This section addresses random vibration testing requirements for shipping containers transported via aircraft.

Testing may be conducted at Assurance Level 1, Assurance Level 2, or Assurance Level 3. Level 1 is the highest level of test intensity, while Level 3 is the lowest level of test intensity. The probability of the shipping container being exposed, in transit, to the intensities prescribed in Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 testing are low, medium, and high, respectively.

The typical aircraft random vibration test profiles are between 30 minutes and 6 hours per axis, with 3 hours being a common choice in the absence of specific knowledge of the transportation profile. Often truck random vibration profiles are testing in conjunction with aircraft profiles to represent transport before and after air transport.

Acceptance criteria may relate to the shipped product, or the shipping container itself. Specific acceptance criteria may be specified by the customer.

Test conditions

 Assurance Level 1Assurance Level 2Assurance Level 3
Frequency Range2-300Hz2-300Hz2-300Hz
Amplitude1.487 Grms1.052 Grms0.7437 Grms
Displacement11.17 mm peak to peak7.901 mm peak to peak5.587 mm peak to peak
Velocity0.2457 m/s pk0.1737 m/s pk0.1229 m/s pk
Z-Axis3 Hours runtime3 Hours runtime3 Hours runtime

Test profile: ASTM D4169-16 AIR Assurance Level 1

Test profile: ASTM D4169-16 AIR Assurance Level 2

Test profile: ASTM D4169-16 AIR Assurance Level 3

Testing shipping containers and systems for performance.

Testing shipping containers and systems for performance.

This standard involves random vibration testing on shipping containers to ensure that materials within the container are adequately protected.

Standard of testing involving packaging, specifically, at fixed low frequency vibrations.

Electronic Equipment

Basic environmental testing on passive electronic component parts.

Railway Applications

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an international standards organization that prepares and reviews standards for electrical solutions such as LED technology and other electronics. The IEC 61373 is a testing standard involving shock and vibration testing for railway applications.

Environmental Testing

Sinusoidal vibration and environmental testing.

This is the new standard for sinusoidal vibration testing. It’s the replacement for JIS C 0040:1999.