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

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Manuscript received June 20, 2010; revised November 24, 2010; accepted December 22, 2010. Date of publication July 18, 2011; date of current version December 02, 2011. The work of the first author was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) Grant funded by the Korea government (MOST) (No. 009-0072661). The work of the second author was supported by the NRF (National Research Foundation of South Africa) Grant FA2006040700002. Associate Editor: L.Walls.


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


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