Design of statistically and energy-efficient accelerated life testing experiments

Dan Zhang, Haitao Liao

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The basic idea of Accelerated Life Testing (ALT) is to expose a limited number of test units of a product to harsher-than-normal operating conditions to expedite failures. Based on the failure time data collected in a short time period, an ALT model incorporating the underlying failure time distribution and life-stress relationship can be developed for predicting the reliability of the product under the normal operating condition. However, ALT experiments often consume significant amounts of energy due to the harsher-than-normal operating conditions created and controlled by test equipment. In this article, a new ALT design methodology is developed that has the objective of improving the statistical and energy efficiency of ALT experiments. The resulting statistically and energy-efficient ALT plan depends not only on the reliability of the product to be evaluated, but also on the physical characteristics of the test equipment and its controller. Particularly, the statistical efficiency of each candidate ALT plan needs to be evaluated and the corresponding controller capable of providing the required stress loadings must be designed and simulated to evaluate the total energy consumption of the ALT plan. In this article, mathematical formulations, computational algorithms, and simulation tools are provided to handle such complex experimental design problems. Numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methodology in energy reduction in ALT. © 2014

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1049
Number of pages19
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 3 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Accelerated life testing
  • energy consumption
  • optimum experimental design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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