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Failure modes and effects criticality analysis and accelerated life testing of LEDs for medical applications

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2 Author(s)
Sawant, M. ; Mech. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA ; Christou, A.

While use of LEDs in fiber optics and lighting applications is common, their use in medical diagnostic applications is very rare. Since the precise value of light intensity will be used to interpret patient results, understanding failure modes [1-4] is very important. We used the Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) tool to identify the critical failure modes. FMECA involves identification of various failure modes, their effects on the system (LED optical output in this context), their frequency of occurrence, severity and the criticality of the failure modes. The competing failure modes/mechanisms were degradation of: active layer (where electron-hole recombination occurs to emit light), electrodes (provides electrical contact to the semiconductor chip), Indium Tin Oxide surface layer (used to improve current spreading & light extraction), plastic encapsulation (protective polymer layer) and packaging failures (bond wires, heat sink separation). A FMECA table is constructed and the criticality is calculated by estimating the failure effect probability (β), failure mode ratio (α), failure rate (λ) and the operating time.

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Semiconductor Device Research Symposium (ISDRS), 2011 International

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7-9 Dec. 2011