Burn-in for systems operating in a shock environment

Ji Hwan Cha, Maxim Finkelstein

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Burn-in is a widely used engineering method to eliminate defective items before they are shipped to customers or put into field operation. Burn-in procedures are usually applied to items with high initial failure rate which operate under a static operational environment. In this paper, we consider burn-in for items that operate in an environment with shocks. We assume that there are two competing risk causes of failure: the usual degradations, and environmental shocks. A new type of burn-in via controlled (laboratory) test shocks is considered, and the problem of obtaining the optimal level (severity) of these shocks is investigated. Furthermore, we combine the conventional burn-in procedure with burn-in via shocks in one unified model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5955089
Pages (from-to)721-728
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Reliability
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Burn-in
  • combined burn-in procedure
  • competing risks
  • environmental shocks
  • optimal severity
  • shock burn-in


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