Accelerated Test Methods for Ground and Aerospace Vehicle Development C0316

Engineers and managers involved with product development are constantly challenged to reduce time to market, minimize warranty costs, and increase product quality. With less and less time for testing, the need for effective accelerated test procedures has never been greater. This course covers the benefits, limitations, processes, and applications of several proven accelerated test methods including accelerated reliability, step stress, FSLT (Full System Life Test), FMVT® (Failure Mode Verification Testing), HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing), and HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening). A combination of hands-on exercises, team activities, discussion, and lecture are used throughout the course. Participants will also receive a copy of the instructor's eBook, Accelerated Testing and Validation Management.

Attendees are requested to bring a calculator to the seminar.
Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Choose the accelerated test method for a given application
  • Analyze accelerated testing results
  • Explain how to accelerate one's current test methods
  • Explain how to accelerate one's validation program
  • Adjust accelerated test programs for business situations
  • Describe how product development cycles can be reduced from 18 to 6 months

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for anyone involved in product design, life testing, reliability testing and validation for passenger cars, light trucks, heavy duty, off-highway or aerospace vehicles, including reliability engineers, validation engineers, design engineers and their managers. Individuals who need to achieve shorter time to market or higher quality through custom test plans will find this course to be especially valuable. Purchasers or users of testing or engineering services will also find this course to be valuable. There are no prerequisites for this course although a technical background is helpful.

Also available as an online, on-demand course! Accelerated Test Methods for Ground and Aerospace Vehicle Development (PD730624)!


"This course provided some unique vehicle development techniques aimed at reducing time and discovery of product weakpoints."
Jakin Wilson
Toyota Technical Center


"This seminar was a very good overview on testing methods, their advantages, pitfalls and limitations."
Tim Gonzales
Design Engineer
Betts Spring Company


"I found this seminar comprehensive and useful. Many items unexpectedly helped me in other areas."
Steve Johns
Validation Engineer


"This is definitely the course to help you figure out what you want your reliability testing program to do."
James Sues
Test Engineer
Freedman Seating Company


"This program gave me ideas on how I can develop my own test facilities to a more efficient and cost driven unit."
Richard Stefansson
Manager, Testing and Laboratory
Volvo Penta


"Best testing course that I am actually going to go back to work and begin applying immediately."
Daryl Williams
Test Engineer
Charles Machine Works


"Very informative seminar that will help me understand accelerated test methods and utilize during my career."
Mark Work
Test Engineer


“Insightful training, it covered multiple testing methods explaining the pros and cons of each technique. The instructor had real world examples of the various test strategies.”
Donald Schaufus Jr
Test Engineer
L-3 Communications Telemetry

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

  • Statistical model for reliability testing
    • Fundamentals of a statistical reliability test
    • Effects of automotive supply chain on sample size and duration
    • Common pitfalls
    • Examine and solve two or three real life statistical data set problems
  • Key Accelerated Tests, Terms, and Methods
    • Definitions: Information Goal, Basic Method, Limitations
    • Full System Life Test (FSLT)
    • Step Stress
    • Accelerated Reliability Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT)
    • Failure Mode Verification Test (FMVT) -- Development; Warranty; Life Prediction
  • Test Acceleration vs. Program Acceleration
    • Advantages of accelerating a full validation program compared to an individual test
    • Examples of time/cost saved on individual test acceleration
    • Examples of time/cost saved on program acceleration
  • Hybrid Acceleration Methods
    • Using information goals of individual test methods to combine and leverage tests
    • Hands-on team exercise: combine test methods to solve a particular information need
  • Decision and selection process
    • How to choose which method
    • Considering position in supply chain
    • Considering business model and product type
    • Considering development phase
    • Considering component, subsystem, and system level testing
    • Hands on team exercise: selecting optimal testing solution for several scenarios

Registration for the web seminar (live, online) is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. The fee includes one connection to WebEx training center, using a PC with internet access and VoIP or a telephone,* and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center for presentations, supplemental materials, assignments, and learning assessment. To enjoy a more personalized experience, use of a webcam is encouraged.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or VoIP. 

Although WebEx will automatically launch when you join the web seminar, you are encouraged to test your setup in advance of the course start date. Click here, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Alexander (Alex) J. Porter


Alexander Porter

This course is instructed by Alexander Porter, Global Director of Engineering for Intertek, where he’s been employed since 1992. Since 1996, Alex has been developing accelerated testing methods for mechanical components and systems. He has three patents relating to accelerated testing equipment and has authored more than 40 articles and technical papers on accelerated testing. His book, Accelerated Testing and Validation, was published by Elsevier in 2004.

In the past, Alex’s work has included FEA implementation in a laboratory setting and developing a thermal management system for an advanced data acquisition package by NASA's Drydon Flight Research Facility. He’s a member of SAE and IEEE and holds a B.S. in aircraft engineering and an M.S. in mechanical engineering, both from Western Michigan University.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Fees: $1399.00

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