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Accelerated Testing of Devices on Durability and Fatigue Failure

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Received 8 March 2016; accepted 7 May 2016; published 10 May 2016

1. Introduction

The problem of forced testing on reliability, i.e. the problem of construction of probability models for forced testing is formulated as an interposition of a distribution function of time of failure-free operation of a device under load X on a distribution function of the same quantity in the conditions of forced load. The principle of forcing is that for random value, we have inequality and functions and satisfy the following conditions:

,

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In the particular case of forced testing, we are concerned in finding certain quantitative properties of the distribution according to known properties of the distribution.

The problem of forced testing is reduced to definition of so-called “acceleration function” that represents the function of regression, i.e. correlation of quantiles (fractiles) and t that correspond to equal probabilities and of failure-free operation in the face of nominal X and forced Y loads correspondingly. In general, this correlation is non-linear:

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The correlation of quantitative properties (moments) and the corresponding distributions and is easily determined from the following equations:

where and are initial and central moments of order k of distributions and.

In the case of linear model, when, the problem is reduced to determination of sole coefficient c that depends only on the rules of distribution of failure-free operation of device with loads X and Y.

2. Linear Theory of Forced Testing

2.1. Physical Principle of Reliability

When acceleration function is linear, it is enough to offer a technique of deterministic, forced testing that gives estimation of coefficient c, as well as lower and upper boundaries of a sphere, where lies the true value of magnitude c with confidence level.

It is more important that on the basis of acceleration function g, mathematical notation of so-called physical principle of reliability [1] gets absolutely new form. This hypothesis belongs to N.M. Sediakin:

(1)

where signifies the distribution function of time of failure-free operation of a device, when set of these devices are initially tested with nominal load X during certain interval and then tested with forced load Y, when the same probability of failure is reached in lesser interval. Correlations and are functions of distribution of time of failure-free operation of a device in modes X and Y correspondingly.

It is quite interesting to determine the criterions of linearity of acceleration function, because the problem of forced testing is essentially simplified for linear model. These criterions are formulated in the following form [2] .

Let us assume that one of the two sets are tested with load X during interval and then―with load during interval. At the moment, when testing is finished, probability of failure is. The second set of the same devices are initially tested with load Y during interval and then―with load X during interval. At the moment, when testing is finished, probability of failure is. Let us also assume that hypothesis of N.M. Sediakin is correct, i.e. physical principle of reliability is in force. In this case acceleration function g is linear, if and vice versa, i.e. if acceleration function is linear, then probabilities and are equal.

2.2. Linear Summation of Failures

The physical principle of reliability in the form of (1) is essentially used for proving the above-mentioned theorem. Therefore, this theorem is realized only in those conditions, when hypothesis of N.M. Sediakin is correct.

We strictly prove [3] that when acceleration function is linear, physical principle of reliability is a sufficient condition for validity of so-called correlation of linear summation of failures which is also known as the rule of Palmgren-Miner:

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Figure 1 describes the meanings of magnitudes of this equation.

A.G. Palmgren [4] studied durability of bearings and offered above-mentioned equation in 1924 as a hypothesis. M.A. Minerused the same equation in 1945 in his studies [5] .

If we change the test a little bit and test the set of devices under load Y not during fixed time interval, but until the moment of failure, then the last equation should be transformed. Particularly, should be replaced with mathematical expectation of time, when the sample is tested under load Y until the moment of failure, if before that it was under load X during interval. Similarly, quantity should be replaced with mathematical expectation of time of failure-free operation of device in normal mode X. Finally, should be replaced with mathematical expectation of time of failure-free operation of device in forced mode Y. As a result, we get:

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This equation represents the basic correlation for definitive, forced testing with technique of so-called “destruction” [6] . It is proved [7] [8] that random magnitude of resource of reliability

,

That is spent by device in random time of failure-free operation under any permanent load and intensity of failure, has exponential distribution and its mathematical expectation equals to 1, i.e.

. (2)

This statement is true at any rule of distribution of random magnitude of time of failure-free operation of device.

In the model of stepwise load that is shown in Figure 2, it is implied that load H is measured in discrete steps after time intervals and gets value. Index n is assigned to load, when there is failure. It is easy to see that

,

where index n, as well as, have random values.

Average time of failure-free operation of device in normal conditions (under nominal load) is denoted with symbol. Symbol is used for average time of failure-free operation in mode under stepwise load and symbol is used for the same value under permanent load in time x.

If we assume that in every described mode, time of failure-free operation of element has exponential distribution, then the following equations are true:

. (3)

If we use property of additivity of resource of reliability and Equation (2) for the described two examples, then:

Figure 1. Graphical interpretation of palmgren-miner hypothesis.

Figure 2. Model of stepwise load.

These equations represent mathematical notations of correlation of linear summation of failures in discrete and permanent modes.

2.3. Models of Reliability for Certain Types of Load

We can describe considerable amount of reliability models for stepwise and permanent load, if we use mathematical notations of correlations of linear summation of failures that are based on the property of reliability resource.

For example, the following model is known:

, (4)

where m is a certain constant. Many researchers have got the same result. For example, for ball bearings [9] , for paper capacitors [10] [11] , for filaments [12] .

For stepwise load, this model gives:

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If load is permanent and load H varies in time x with constant “rate” v on the basis of linear rule, where is initial value of load, then for average time of failure-free operation, we get:

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According to the work [13] , the following model satisfactorily describes the durability of many soft metals:

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where E and m are certain constants.

For stepwise model and above-mentioned model, we get:

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When load increases permanently with constant “rate” ν and failure is observed at the random moment, for the average value (mathematical expectation) we get:

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It is easy to see that the Equation (4) with assumption (3) and linear increasing load with initial value, takes the following form:

,

Hence

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On the basis of previous equation we conclude that in the case of described conditions, random value of time of failure-free operation of device is distributed according to Weibul’s law:

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The specifications of form and scale of this law is described with the following equations correspondingly: and.

These conclusions are based on a fact that if random value of time of failure-free operation of certain device is distributed according to Weibul’s law, then intensity of failure of this device is described with the equation.

The result is important, because value m can be determined with the same statistical data that is given from the experiment with permanent load of the basic set of devices. It is sufficient to create the function of distribution of random value upon its N realizations.

3. Conclusions

The problems of accelerated testing on durability are formulated newly, the basic definitions are given and the concept of so-called acceleration function is introduced. In the case of linear model, integral function of distribution of time of failure-free operation of a device is determined on the basis of this concept. The criterions of linearity of acceleration function are formulated and the techniques of accelerated testing are developed on the basis of correlation that generalizes the principle of Palmgren-Miner. This technique guarantees computation of reliability, when load increases permanently or stepwise.

Described method is easily generalized to the case of chemical engineering kinetics and chemical rate phenomenon.

Acknowledgements

We would like to express our very great appreciation to Dr. David Gorgidze for his valuable and constructive suggestions during the planning and development of this research work. His willingness to give his time so generously has been very much appreciated.

We would also like to thank the staff of the Strength of materials Laboratory at the Georgian Technical University for enabling us to visit their offices to observe their daily operations.

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Conflicts of Interest

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