Total Quality Science
Online ISSN : 2189-3195
ISSN-L : 2189-3195
Lifetime prediction of vehicle components using online monitoring data
Chiharu KumazakiWatalu YamamotoKazuyuki Suzuki
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2015 Volume 1 Issue 2 Pages 52-64


In order to set an adequate lifetime target for each market, quantitative evaluation of variation of lifetime characteristics is required. In particular, the lifetime of vehicle unit depends heavily on customer’s usage (e.g. gross vehicle weight, road gradient, acceleration operation). We thus have developed an online monitoring system that continually collects some information such as usage and environmental conditions. A method has been developed for predicting vehicle component lifetimes using data from an online monitoring system that collects an extensive amount of data during vehicle operation. The linear model used for prediction takes into account variations in usage conditions and models data as covariates. The prediction procedure was generalized to enable it to make predictions using a new data sample. The large amount of information on usage and environmental conditions obtained with the online monitoring system enabled the usage of each sample to be quantified and treated as a stratification factor. A stratified analysis produced fairly accurate results, meaning that using online monitoring data should be useful for lifetime prediction.

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