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Physics-of-Failure HALT Result Assessment

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Frank Fan Wang, Clyde Jelinek, Jr., Mary Davis

Crane Aerospace, Lynnwood, WA

Paper No. IMECE2003-41089, pp. 57-62; 6 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Electronic and Photonic Packaging, Electrical Systems and Photonic Design, and Nanotechnology
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3714-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT) uses stimulation to identify weak points in a design thus to improve the quality. When used with proper assessment, HALT is a very useful product development tool. However, HALT without proper assessment is no better than not testing at all. Scientific assessment of the HALT result is critical to successful use of HALT. The following paper will discuss using a physics of failure approach to assessing HALT results. Discussions cover limitations of HALT, comparisons of HALT to traditional testing, and the roles of design specifications and product mechanical characteristics in HALT. Examples of HALT failures and HALT result assessments are also presented.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Physics , Failure



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