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An accelerated test model is derived by testing the item of interest at a normal stress level and also at one or more accelerated stress levels. Extreme care must be taken when using accelerated environments to recognize and properly identify those failures which will occur in normal field use and conversely those that are not typical of normal use. Since an accelerated environment typically means applying a stress level well above the anticipated field stress, accelerated stress can induce false failure mechanisms that are not possible in actual field use. For example, raising the temperature of the test item to a point where the material properties change or where a dormant activation threshold is exceeded could identify failures which cannot occur during normal field use. In this situation, fixing the failure may only add to the product cost without an associated increase in reliability. Understanding the true failure mechanism is paramount to eliminating the root cause of the failure.