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Modeling Approaches for Prognostics and Health Management of Electronics

Volume 6, Number 5, September 2010 - Paper 6 - pp. 467-476


1 Prognostics and Health Management Group
   Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)
   University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
2 The DEI Group, Millersville, MD 21108, USA
3 Prognostics Health Management Center
   City University of Hong Kong

(Received on October 5, 2009, revised March 16, 2010)


Prognostics and Health Management is an enabling technology with the potential to solve complex reliability problems that are due to complexity in design, manufacturing, and maintenance. There are several different mathematical techniques that can assist in performing prognostics and health management of electronic systems. These techniques can be categorized into statistical reliability, life cycle loads, state estimation, and feature-extraction based models. The selection of the appropriate model depends on the application environment. This paper presents a methodology for selecting the correct model to perform diagnostics and prognostics in electronic systems based on a user's application environment. The model selection method is based on five properties, including usability, accuracy, performance, applicability at the system level, and flexibility of the model. Based on all this information, a comparison is made between the five prognostic models to show the advantages and disadvantages of each. Finally, recommendations are given for selecting the most appropriate model for system fault diagnostics and prognostics of electronics. While this methodology used in this study for analysis of electronic systems, it can be extended to other applications as well.


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