Forum: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Glen Hanington ( )
Organization:Littlefeet, Inc.
Date posted: Wed Feb 21 15:18:03 US/Eastern 2001
Subject: Activation Energy in Arrhenius Equation
I've seen values of Activation Energy ranging from 0.3eV to 1.2eV in Finn Jensen's book Electronic Component Reliability, the AT&T Reliability Manual uses a value of 0.4eV, and MIL-HDBK-217F2 uses 0.423eV, while some Reliability Engineers use 0.7eV for a value. Without running extensive Life Tests at different temperatures, is there some way to estimate the value of Activation Energy for a system based on the percentage of different types of components used in the system? I want to arrive at an MTBF value for an expensive system using 3 samples and an MTBF goal of 70,000hrs, in as short a time as possible. Any suggestions?


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