With today's high technology, some life tests result in no or very few failures by the end of test. In such cases, an approach is to do life test at higher-than-usual stress conditions in order to obtain failures quickly. This study discusses the point and interval estimations of parameters on the simple step-stress model in accelerated life testing with progressive type II censoring. An exponential failure time distribution with mean life that is a log-linear function of stress and a cumulative exposure model are considered. We derive the maximum likelihood estimators of the model parameters. Confidence intervals for the model parameters are established by using pivotal quantity and can be applied to any sample size. A numerical example is investigated to illustrate the proposed methods.
International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering 12(5), pp.385-395