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Accelerated Degradation

  • J.W. McPherson
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Abstract

Generally, materials/devices exist in metastable states. These states are referred to as being metastable because they are only apparently stable. Metastable states will change/degrade with time. The rate of degradation of the materials (and eventual time-to-failure for the device) can be accelerated by an elevated stress (e.g., mechanical stress, electrical stress, electrochemical stress, etc.) and/or elevated temperature.

Keywords

Degradation Rate Free Energy Difference Degradation Rate Constant Gravitation Potential Energy Degraded State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.W. McPherson
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  1. 1.Texas Instruments Senior Fellow EmeritusPlanoUSA

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