2. Failure Analysis – Why?

  1. Marius Bâzu1 and
  2. Titu Băjenescu2

Published Online: 26 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119990093.ch2

Failure Analysis: A Practical Guide for Manufacturers of Electronic Components and Systems

Failure Analysis: A Practical Guide for Manufacturers of Electronic Components and Systems

How to Cite

Bâzu, M. and Băjenescu, T. (2011) Failure Analysis – Why?, in Failure Analysis: A Practical Guide for Manufacturers of Electronic Components and Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119990093.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    National Institute for Microtechnologies, IMT-Bucharest, Romania

  2. 2

    C. F. C., Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470748244

Online ISBN: 9781119990093

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Keywords:

  • design for reliability (DfR);
  • failure analysis;
  • forensic engineering;
  • reliability modelling;
  • reverse engineering

Summary

Failure analysis (FA) is the key method in any reliability analysis, because fighting against failure is the reason reliability exists as a discipline. The reason it is so important to use FA - that is, to discover the cause of product failure - is what we intend to discuss in this chapter. Reliability analysis is by no means the only ‘customer’ of FA. Other fields, such as business management and military strategy, also use this term. In order to offer a more complete picture, the chapter identifies eight possible applications of FA in various fields (industry, research, etc.), such as: i) forensic engineering; ii) reliability modelling; iii) reverse engineering; iv) controlling critical input variables; v) design for reliability (DfR); vi) process improvement; vii) saving money through early control; viii) a synergetic approach.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

failure analysis; reverse engineering