Talk:Failure modes of electronics

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Need some good photos of failed electronic components[edit]

Photos would would help readers recognize what some failed components look like. I'd contribute some, but I'm not up to speed on uploading and processing photos for the Web. Surely, somebody has some good "mugshots" of faulty components? Reify-tech (talk) 00:52, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Different kinds of failures[edit]

Are we talking about failed components, or failed systems? --Wtshymanski (talk) 14:22, 5 September 2011 (UTC) Good Question!

As a retired Reliabilty Engineer, I would point out that classic Failure Modes and Effects Analysis clearly distinguishes between HOW components, subsystems and systems fail, the WAYS in which those failures have on the operation of systems, equipment, users, missions and impact to services and the like. This is called the failure MODE. Looking forward in the system to the impact/effect of the failure. This article is not discussing this, but discussing the CAUSES of the failures. This is/was in my day called FAILURE or FAULT ANALYSIS and was in effect looking at the issue in the other direction - towards the source of the problem i.e the CAUSE not the IMPACT. As the article is dealing with CAUSE, the term FAILURE MODE ANALYSIS is not appropriate and is in effect confusing for young engineers trying to learn the discipline.

This Wiki article is very useful as there is a lot of good stuff in it, but it should be rewritten in the context of what I have said above. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:08, 9 November 2011 (UTC)