Reliability Life Prediction of VFD by Constant Temperature Stress Accelerated Life Tests and Maximum Likelihood Estimation

    Volume 37, Issue 4 (July 2009)

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    CODEN: JTEOAD

    Published Online: 1 May 2009

    Page Count: 5


    Zhang, Jian-Ping
    School of Thermal Power and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power,

    Wang, Rui-Tao
    School of Thermal Power and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power,

    (Received 17 October 2008; accepted 1 April 2009)

    Abstract

    In order to obtain the life information of vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) in a short time, four constant stress accelerated life tests (CSALT) are conducted with the cathode temperature increased. Lognormal function is applied for describing the life distribution of VFD. Assuming an Arrhenius model, the lognormal parameters are computed by using the maximum likelihood estimation. Furthermore, a self-developed software is employed in predicting the VFD life. The statistical analysis of the results indicates that the test design of CSALT is correct and feasible, that the average life of VFD is over 30,000 h, and that the life-stress relationship satisfies linear Arrhenius equation completely. The precise accelerated parameter is shown to be particularly useful to predict the VFD life within shorter time. Thus, this work provides significant guidelines to help engineers make decisions in design and manufacturing strategy from the aspect of reliability life.


    Paper ID: JTE102191

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE102191

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    Title Reliability Life Prediction of VFD by Constant Temperature Stress Accelerated Life Tests and Maximum Likelihood Estimation
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