Connector Reliability Test Recommendations, Phase 3
Statement of Work & Project Statement
Existing connector reliability testing standards do not address the full range of connector applications nor do they have the necessary detailed, defined test conditions and sequences. A standardized reliability test framework for evaluating electrical connectors across types and use cases would ease the current challenge of testing and identifying appropriate connectors for a given application. Work to date includes:
- The Phase 1 team developed a reliability test framework for connectors based on an industry consensus view of interconnect levels, a physics of failure approach, and a to-be-defined set of application classes, test levels and tests.
- In Phase 2, the project team defined a set of application classes (stress levels) and specific test conditions to be used to evaluate the expected degradation of connectors under different stress levels in the defined application classes.
Phase 3 of the Connector Reliability Test Methodologies project will define and develop a test vehicle to demonstrate the methodology developed in Phases 1 and 2. The goal is to enable reliable qualification of new connectors and connectors for a broader range of applications.
Focus of Phase 3
This project proposes a proof-of-concept of the defined methodology, inclusive of defining a test vehicle and evaluating its response to the proposed test framework. Phase 3 will also collect information about the following topics related to electronic equipment reliability for the application environment selected for this project:
- Failure root causes for USB-C and selected tier 4 connectors
- Dust, fibers and other debris typically found in the equipment including details of size, composition, etc.
- Mixed flowing gas corrosion severity with respect to current levels of atmospheric pollutant levels
- Lubricant effects/impacts
Call for Participation Webinar (November 18, 2020)