ASTM-E2696 Standard Practice for Life and Reliability Testing Based on the Exponential Distribution

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Standard Practice for Life and Reliability Testing Based on the Exponential Distribution




1.1 This practice presents standard sampling procedures and tables for life and reliability testing in procurement, supply, and maintenance quality control operations as well as in research and development activities.

1.2 This practice describes general procedures and definitions of terms used in life test sampling and describes specific procedures and applications of the life test sampling plans for determining conformance to established reliability requirements.

1.3 This practice is an adaptation of the Quality Control and Reliability Handbook H-108, “Sampling Procedures and Tables for Life and Reliability Testing (Based on Exponential Distribution),” U.S. Government Printing Office, April 29, 1960.

1.4 A system of units is not specified in this practice.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


acceptability constant; acceptance sampling; acceptance time; consumer’s risk; exponential distribution; failure rate; hazard rate; life test; mean life; mean time to failure; OC; operating characteristic; producer’s risk; rejection time; reliability; sample size; sampling plan; sequential life test; termination number; testing with replacement; testing without replacement; total life;; ICS Number Code 03.120.10 (Quality management and quality assurance); 21.020 (Characteristics and design of machines, apparatus, equipment)

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2009 R18 EDITION



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Dec. 15, 2018

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42 pages

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