Testing Without Knowing Mechanisms
Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss accelerated testing of mechanical systems and accelerated testing
- Care must be used in accelerating the testing by increasing the number of use cycles, as it may result in changing the physics of wear, as with a kitchen blender not letting the unit cool down between power cycling events.
- Those new to HALT methods should always keep the testing simple with one stress applied at a time making the failure analysis easier to understand
- Sometimes the test setup is not a valid simulation, such as the USB insertion testing failure that was using a simple mechanical plunger that did not simulate how a human hand would have a felt the mechanical resistance that would prevent the severe mechanical damage seen.
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For more information on the newest discovery testing methodology here is a link to the book “Next Generation HALT and HASS: Robust design of Electronics and Systems” written by Kirk Gray and John Paschkewitz.