Issues with Single Stress Testing
Kirk and Fred discussing a question from a listener regarding a specific failure mechanism and time to failure for the same, and how most failures are not due to a single stress condition.
Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss a solder crack and the forces that will propagate the crack to a point of failure.
- How so many of the single failure mechanism, such as solder cracks or PEM package de-lamination will be found in the stress testing lab, the reality of the product in field conditions will have other factors that contribute or modify the rate of crack or de-lamination and makes it very difficult to estimate “field life” from “test chamber life”.
- Any models of fatigue damage must be confirmed by empirical testing to show the models are valid. Boeing Aircraft will actually load a wing structure to empirical failure to confirm its models of fatigue damage on real hardware.
- Even though many companies have made actual measurements of the shipping stresses that their product will be subjected to on the way to its destination, they really cannot capture the wide distribution of worst case combinations of stresses that will occur through the world shipping services.
- Many if not most failure mechanisms have more than one stress driving it to failure and the combinations and distributions of the multiple stress effects on the rate of failure make it difficult if not impossible to determine the field life from a single stress experiment.
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