Burn-in at the Component and System Level

  • Henry W. Block
  • Jie Mi
  • Thomas H. Savits


A variety of engineering systems are assembled from components which have been “burned-in.” That is, the components have been tested, possibly under accelerated stresses, to remove weak items. Components surviving this test period are said to have been burned-in. Often this burn-in procedure is applied to systems. Under certain standard assumptions and various criteria, it is shown that a system burn-in is unnecessary, i.e., effective component burn-in precludes system burn-in.


Optimal Choice Residual Life Mission Time Weak Item Residual Life Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry W. Block
    • 1
  • Jie Mi
    • 2
  • Thomas H. Savits
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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