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CANCELLED: Stress Testing to Survive an Industrial Gas Turbine
TimeWednesday, December 8th5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
LocationLevel 2 - Exhibit Hall
Event Type
Designer, IP and Embedded Systems Track Poster Networking Reception
Virtual Programs
Presented In-Person
DescriptionA client that designs and manufactures industrial gas turbines for onshore and offshore electrical power generation, marine propulsion, and for producing/processing/transporting natural gas and oil needed a new computerized monitoring system.

While the architecture of a ruggedized edge computing system was familiar to the team, the extremely hazardous location where the ruggedized panel PC would be located made testing an unusually critical element of the process.

Thanks to significant experience in working with military-grade environments, the design team knew rigorous testing would be a long-term benefit. While its painful to watch designs fail, catching failures early on typically speeds up the client review and acceptance process and leads to a better end result.

To ensure success, the design team focused on gathering data and optimizing the architecture. Two key elements were:
-HALT: Finding the weakest links in the design
-HASS: Ensuring consistency and design margin

Both HALT/HASS processes were useful and effective, but the team found they are not panaceas. They realized that the validation, test, and verification process sometimes requires additional types of testing, as well as more flexibility in design parameters.