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Accelerated Stress Testing Handbook: Guide for Achieving Quality Products
Electrical Engineering Accelerated Stress Testing Handbook Guide for Achieving Quality Products As we move closer to a genuinely global economy, the pressure to develop highly reliable products on ever-tighter schedules will increase. Part of a designer's "toolbox" for achieving product reliability in a compressed time frame should be a set of best practices for utilizing accelerated stress testing (AST). The Accelerated Stress Testing Handbook delineates a core set of AST practices as part of an overall methodology for enhancing hardware product reliability. The techniques presented will teach readers to identify design deficiencies and problems with component quality or manufacturing processes early in the product's life, and then to take corrective action as quickly as possible. A wide array of case studies gleaned from leading practitioners of AST supplement the theory and methodology, which will provide the reader with a more concrete idea of how AST truly enhances quality in a reduced time frame. Important topics covered include: * Theoretical basis for AST * General AST best practices * AST design and manufacturing processes * AST equipment and techniques * AST process safety qualification In this handbook, AST cases studies demonstrate thermal, vibration, electrical, and liquid stress application; failure mode analysis; and corrective action techniques. Individuals who would be interested in this book include: reliability engineers and researchers, mechanical and electrical engineers, those involved with all facets of electronics and telecommunications product design and manufacturing, and people responsible for implementing quality and process improvement programs.
Contaminants and Moisture Can Disrupt Your Electronics
Course description This course provides details about the root causes of many poorly understood electronic failures. The chemistry encountered in many end-use environments will be covered at length. We will discuss sources of contamination and the adverse effects of contamination on high-rel electronic systems. This understanding will enable participants to create more complete and accurate testing protocols for evaluating the true long-term reliability of new electronic designs, materials and processes. This understanding will also help organizations to troubleshoot production and field problems with existing electronic designs, materials and processes. Illustrated lectures and classroom discussion reveal the dangerous yet little recognized synergistic (that is, combined) field conditions of contamination + moisture, especially when field thermal and vibration stresses are added. These conditions will cause the premature failure of many forms of allegedly strong and highly reliable (but actually weak and unreliable - vulnerable) electronic equipment. Current production testing and screening protocols (as well as reliability studies) largely ignore these dangerous combined environments. Ever-smaller feature sizes and separations, plus smaller signal levels and higher frequencies all act to increase vulnerability to contaminants and moisture. Without proper testing, too much blind trust is being placed in supposedly safe conformal coatings and other protective measures. Subtle changes in test protocols, which can cause major differences in the results, will be discussed, along with some of the limitations of present measuring and monitoring equipment. A major topic: the optimum point in the production cycle at which to screen. Objectives High reliability electronic systems utilizing new designs and expanded systems integration are required to meet performance based specifications. Contracts should include some form of laboratory validation method prior to (1) awarding the contract, (2) making milestone payments, and (3) assessing penalty clauses if fielded equipment fails to perform fully. Upon completion of this course, participants will realize the potential cost savings of highly accelerated life testing (HALT) that combines contamination with traditional testing protocols. The course will enable participants to generate more realistic test data needed for (1) predicting long term reliability and for (2) predicting warranty/infant mortality. June 16-18, 2003 in Santa Barbara
Environmental and Reliabilty Testing
This course covers the environmental and reliability tests performed during design and in manufacturing. You will learn about reliability prediction techniques and factors. You will learn what you can expect from reliability growth testing environmental stress screening (ESS). You will know how environmental stress screening (ESS) is used to flush out flaws introduced during processing, fabrication and assembly. When highly accelerated for longer duration, this is called Reliability Test. You will learn how Reliability Test can flush out design flaws resulting from incompatible interfaces, from erroneous functional performance in different environments and from weak components. By the completion of this course you will be able to formulate environmental and reliability test strategies for your own products.
LabVIEW for Automotive, Telecommunications, Semiconductor, Biomedical and Other Applications
Most test and measurement books focus on theory. This one is radically different: it brings together dozens of the best real-world LabVIEW applications in leading test and measurement markets -- with detailed practical explanations of how each application was defined and implemented, and the results achieved.KEY TOPICS:Every application offers a unique, detailed solution to a common test and measurement challenge -- along with diagrams, expert advice, and hands-on problem-solving techniques from an experienced LabVIEW user. The applications encompass all mainline markets for test and measurement, including telecommunications, semiconductors, automotive, sound/vibration, automation, and more. The goal: to give readers the practical insight they need to build world-class LabVIEW virtual instrumentation solutions of their own.MARKET:For all engineers and other professionals seeking to solve test and measurement problems with LabVIEW.
Optical Measurement Techniques and Applications
Significant advances in optical metrology have fueled the development of new, innovative techniques for the technology in a wide range of applications. Now you can better understand these highly accurate and versatile new methods, and gain insight into applying the technology to solve specific measurement problems. Optical Measurement Techniques and Applications does much more than just cover the underlying principles behind the latest optical measurement techniques. With the help of hundreds of example diagrams and step-by-step equations, sixteen of the industryís leading experts quickly bring you up to speed on how these methods are used in dozens of real-world applications -- from laser remote-sensing, to vibration measurement, to providing the data necessary to develop computer models, and more. The book also prepares you to meet future optical measurement challenges by identifying what areas of research are on the horizon. And each chapter concludes with an extensive list of references for more advanced research. This is an invaluable reference for optical researchers and practicing engineers who need sharp insight into the key optical measurement techniques and systems in use today. Itís also a powerful learning resource for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students. 1. Introduction: Interference of Waves. Diffraction. Polarization. Speckle. Sensitivity, Accuracy, and Precision. Scope of the Text. Concluding Remarks. 2. Optical Metrology of Engineering Surfaces -- Scope and Trends: Triangulation. Projected Fringe Techniques for Industrial Inspection and Microshape Analysis. Interferometry for Precision Measurements. Interferometry on Optically Rough Surfaces. Shearing Interferometry. White-Light Interferometry for Micro- and Macrostructure Analysis. Heterodyne Interferometry. Interferometry Outside the Coherence Length. Interferometry for Microtopography and Roughness Measurements. 3. Digital Processing of Fringe Patterns in Optical Metrology: Techniques for Digital Phase Reconstruction. Measurement of Three-Dimensional Displacement Fields. Conclusion. 4. Interferometric Optical Testing: Principles of Optical Testing. Implementation and Development of Interferometric Testing Methods. Conclusion. 5. Holographic Interferometry -- An Important Tool in Nondestructive Measurement and Testing: Wavefront Reconstruction Process. Basic Methods of Wavefront Comparison. Brief Introduction to Fringe Formation and Phase Difference Measurement. Measurement of Static Deformation. Study of Vibrations. Flow Visualization. Measurement of Surface Topography. Concept of Holographic Flaw Detection. Some Examples of Application. TV Holography and Electronic Holography. Conclusions. 6. Speckle Photography, Shearography, and ESPI: Some Statistical Properties. Speckle Photography. Speckle Interferometry. Speckle-Shear Interferometry (Shearography). Contour Generation. ESPI. Summary. 7. Photoelasticity and Moire: Photoelasticity. Moire. Conclusions. 8. Optical Fiber Sensors: Intensity-Based Sensors. Distributed Sensors. Interferometric Sensors. Summary. 9. Fiber Optic Smart Sensing: Fiber Optic Smart Sensing. Smart Sensing Subsystems. Sensor Selection. Application Examples. Outlook. 10. Holographic Metrology of Micro-objects in a Dynamic Volume: Historical Background. Basic Principles of In-Line Fraunhofer Holography. System Design Parameters. Some Practical Considerations. Hologram Fringe Contrast and Its Enhancement. Nonimage Plane Analysis. Velocimetry and High-Speed Holography. Off-Axis Holography. Automated Analysis. Some Other Developments. 11. Particle Image Velocimetry: Principles. Methods of Image Analysis in PIV. Advances. Conclusions Highlighting Areas of Future Development. 12. Surface Roughness Measurement: Microscopy. Mechanical Profilers. Optical Profilers. Total Integrated Scattering. Angle-Resolved Scattering. Other Techniques. Importance of Surface Cleanliness. Future Developments. 13. Lidar for Atmospheric Remote Sensing: The Lidar Method. Lidar Systems. Conclusion. 14. Some Other Methods in Optical Metrology: Optical Caustics. Digital Image Correlation. Ellipsometry. Digital Photogrammetry.
Optimizing Electronics Vibration HALT, HASS, ALT and ESS
A three-day interactive workshop aimed at shortening the time required for electronics design, vibration testing and (when weaknesses are found) corrective action. This course applies to vibration of electronics at system, box or circuit card level. Methods can also be used in the design and testing of electronic components to meet vibration standards or desired capabilities. Discussion of simple methods and animations assist participants understand the complex responses of their electronics to laboratory and to field vibration. "Vibration test efficiency" is a new term, used here to illustrate recent improvements over the past slow "learning curve" for vibration knowledge. Since vibration life of most electronics is dependent on response at circuit card level, methods concentrate on the fatigue damage from PCB modal response. The purpose of this course is to simplify the complex field of vibration of electronics and make results understandable. 1% Efficiency? Tests can determine fragility limits of test samples. But few tests supply any further information (beyond pass/fail). Why? Because test measurements can't fully describe failures. Most tests miss most of the valuable information that is (with this course) readily available. Early Attempts In the 70's and 80's, relatively simple mathematical methods were developed to predict PCB vibration life capabilities. Why? Because few companies could afford that era's high-speed computer systems and the technical expertise needed to analyze vibration. Those early methods, still used by many, provide guidelines that sometimes work, but they never provide product understanding. And all too often, such guidelines outright fail, at great expense - the expense of design and production of an unreliable product. But since then, the cost of high-speed computer power has dropped at a rate of about 50% per year. The compounded cost savings of the mid 80's high-speed computer is over 99.99%. One of the best-kept secrets of certain large companies is their ability to produce reliable electronic products at low cost. How? They are able to fully understand vibration of their electronics through detailed analysis. Such companies rarely share their reliability secrets with competitors. But now, with this course, every company can afford high speed analysis support of its testing. Test Efficiency? Let's define test efficiency as dollar value of information gained divided by dollars of test cost. If you run a test program without analysis, your numerator is near zero. Adding modern technology analysis can immeasurably increase your "information gained" numerator. Every test performed without detailed posttest analysis throws information away and wastes money. Rather than throw it away, capture that information and use it to save many design and production problems. Detailed Analysis? The "design life" of any system is defined by its weakest part based on the part's local exposure. Since vibration damage of circuit cards is dominated by cyclic stresses (caused by modal vibration), analysis should concentrate on accurately quantifying the stresses experienced by every component. Design life is limited by accumulated fatigue damage. Taking advantage of the speed of today's PCs, companies without prior experience can use this course to understand and avoid vibration-induced failures. For DATES AND LOCATIONS see
Random Vibration, Shock Testing, HALT, ESS, HASS Measurements, Analysis and Calibration
Upon completion of this short course, you will be able to measure vibration and shock, calibrate vibration and shock measurement systems, convert measured data into a test program, interpret vibration and shock test requirements, conduct vibration and shock tests, design suitable vibration and shock test fixtures.
Vibration and Shock Distance Learning
Thousands of Power Point slides and a number of images and video clips teach you about vibration and shock basics, control, instrumentation, calibration, analysis and testing. Course outlind includes the following: Introduction, Classical sinusoidal vibration, Resonance effects, Torsional vibration, Control of dynamic motion, Steady-state vibration measurements, Sinusoidal vibration calibration, continuous systems, Analysis of complex motion, Types of tests, Electrohydraulic shakers, Multiple EH shakers, Electrodynamic shakers, Power amplifiers, Sine test standards, Random vibration, Measurement and analysis of random vibration, Random vibration testing standards, Controlling random vibration tests, Environmental Stress Screening (ESS), Accelerated Testing and Screening, Mesuring mechanical shock, SRS - The Shock Response Spectrum, Mechanical Shock Testing, Modal Testing
Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice
Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice not only shows how to avoid the pitfalls inherent in using modern instruments and methods but also covers all the important elements involved in conducting vibration tests, and builds an understanding of the theory through practical applications in laboratory and field environments. Based on the author's 30 years of experience in vibration testing and research, this clearly written, logically presented book: ∑ Provides a review of the fundamentals of vibration theory ∑ Brings the theory and practice of vibration testing up to date with all current instrumentation and research data ∑ Covers transducers, their calibration as well as their limitations ∑ Includes a complete chapter on vibration test specifications ∑ Helps develop a sense of how instruments work individually as well as how they function as part of a testing environment ∑ Includes practical examples that can be used for personnel training purposes Addressing concerns of both experimental researchers and product testers, and covering a wide range of field and laboratory situations, Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice is an extremely useful book for anyone striving to achieve meaningful results in vibration testing. Vibration testing is used to analyze the integrity of systems in a variety of applications that range from circuit boards and aircraft to steam turbines and home appliances. Conducting these tests in either the field or laboratory involves the use of data analyzers, instruments, and vibration exciters. The use of equipment and interpretation of test results require considerable understanding of vibration phenomena as well as analysis and experimental concepts. Consequently, the user of this equipment can be the dominant influence on the quality of test results. Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice is a step-by-step guide that shows how to obtain meaningful experimental results via the proper use of modern instrumentation, vibration exciters, and signal-processing equipment, with particular emphasis on how different types of signals are processed with a frequency analyzer. Also included are techniques for reading test results effectively and a discussion of how the test system's own dynamics can influence test results. Using practical lessons to introduce the theoretical aspects of vibration testing, the book covers all basic concepts and principles underlying dynamic testing, explains how current instruments and methods operate within the dynamic environment, and describes their behavior in a number of commonly encountered field and laboratory test situations. Vibration Testing: Theory and Practice deals with a wide range of product and production testing involving vibration, acoustics, and noise problems in the vibration-testing environment, whether relating to industrial applications or experimental work. It is an invaluable resource for graduate students, research-ers, and practicing engineers in aerospace, mechanical, and civil engineering.
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