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Link Between Function-Flow Failure Rates and Failure Modes for Early Design Stage Reliability Analysis

[+] Author Affiliations
Bryan M. O’Halloran, Robert B. Stone, Irem Y. Tumer

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Paper No. IMECE2011-63110, pp. 457-467; 11 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Transportation Systems; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Applied Stochastic Optimization, Uncertainty and Probability
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5495-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This scope of this paper is to provide an extension to the Function Failure Design Method (FFDM). We first implement a more robust knowledge base using Failure Mode/Mechanism Distributions 1997 (FMD-97). Then failure rates from Nonelectric Parts Reliability Data (NPRD-95) are added to more effectively determine the likelihood that a failure mode will occur. The proposed Functional Failure Rate Design Method (FFRDM) uses functional inputs to effectively offer recommendations to mitigate failure modes that have a high likelihood of occurrence. This work uses a past example where FFDM and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) were compared to show that improvements have been made. A four step process is presented to show how the FFRDM is used during conceptual design.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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