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Improving the Reliability of a Domestic Refrigerator Compressor Subjected to Repetitive Loading

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DOI: 10.4236/eng.2016.83012    3,047 Downloads   3,802 Views Citations

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As a reliability quantitative specification, parametric accelerated life testing was used to assess the reliability of a newly designed compressor of a commercial refrigerator subjected to repetitive stresses. A generalized life-stress failure model and new sample size equation with a new load concept were derived starting with the basic refrigeration cycle. The sample size equation with the acceleration factor also enabled the parametric accelerated life testing to quickly evaluate the expected lifetime. The design of this testing should help an engineer uncover the design parameters affecting reliability during the design process of the compressor system. Consequently, it should help companies improve product reliability and avoid recalls due to the product failures in the field. A newly designed compressor in a commercial refrigerator was used as a test case.

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Woo, S. and O’Neal, D. (2016) Improving the Reliability of a Domestic Refrigerator Compressor Subjected to Repetitive Loading. Engineering, 8, 99-115. doi: 10.4236/eng.2016.83012.

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