Weibull/Weibayes Analysis of Hydraulic Pump Malfunction Data 831542

Premature wearout of augmentor hydraulic fuel pumps was being experienced in service on a fighter aircraft engine. The removal times ranged from 150 to 800 engine operating hours. Considerable effort had gone into the understanding of the physics of failure and overcoming this problem in a modified pump. However, there still remained the question of how best to proof test the new pump. The challenge was to demonstrate that the redesigned pump was significantly better than the old pump.
The problems faced during design verification will be discussed in this case study. For example, does an accelerated test duplicate the service failure mode? When has an accelerated test run long enough to prove the redesign is in fact better than the old product? This paper illustrates the application of new technology to solve these research and development program problems through the use of Weibull and Weibayes Analysis.


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