Published: November 01, 2007
Authors: Stan Silvus, Southwest Research Institute®
Dry tantalum electrolytic capacitors (hereinafter referred to as "tantalum capacitors") are widely used in modern electronic equipment because they have high capacitances at useful working voltages, relatively low effective series resistances (ESRs), and relatively small packages.
Authors: M. Steven Ferrier , Metatech Corporation
How does an experienced Failure Analysis engineer crack a tough analysis? What makes the difference between a new engineer's Failure Analysis approach and the seasoned, effective analysis method of a veteran? Can our industry capture a formulation of correct Failure Analysis methodology to accelerate the development of new
Published: October 01, 2005
With the evolution of the methodology of failure analysis, and keeping pace with the complexities of failures in modern intricate machines and structures, newer techniques have been established for carrying out the various stages of failure analysis. Some of these techniques are described in this chapter.
Authors: Richard H. McSwain, McSwain Engineering, Inc.
FAILURE ANALYSIS is an investigative process in which visual observations are made and conclusions are drawn based on physical evidence and features present on a failed component.
Published: December 01, 2003
The ultimate objective of a failure analysis is to ascertain the mode and the cause of the failure, regardless of the material from which the part was fabricated. The investigation is performed in generally the same manner, whether the failed component was produced from metal or plastic or a combination of these materials.