Test Optimization and Planning for Reliability (TOP-Rel) Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-16-C-0152
Agency Tracking Number: A161-085-1228
Amount: $99,683.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-085
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Small Business Information
9000 Virginia Manor Road, Beltsville, MD, 20705-Array
DUNS: 181660775
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ed Wyrwas
 (301) 640-5816
 ewyrwas@dfrsolutions.com
Business Contact
 Ed Dodd
Phone: (301) 640-5811
Email: edodd@dfrsolutions.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
System development is hierarchical, and the automotive industry has taken advantage of this hierarchy to leverage component and sub-system level testing to ensure that failure modes are discovered early in the development process. Assessing a system to determine the appropriate subsystem or component tests to perform is an expert process that takes a range of inputs into consideration. A tool that systematizes these inputs and assists with evaluation of tradeoffs to optimize subsystem test specification to meet program needs would allow the Army to realize the same cost time and risk savings that the automotive industry sees. Additionally, reliability test results need to be related to system reliability calculations in order to determine reliability improvements, provide the program manager with an ROI for test costs and adjust the overall system reliability model. System level testing is still necessary to determine integration issues, and must also be able to be efficiently specified, utilizing a Design of Experiments approach to test the appropriate vehicle variants over the most productive terrains to minimize testing while maximizing coverage.

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