Isotropic conductive adhesives (ICA) have been considered as replacement materials for lead-tin solder alloys. In this paper, the post-impact shear strength of ICA surface mount (SM) joints was obtained experimentally and compared with that of SM lead-tin joints. The dynamic impact energy was provided in the form of three-point bending on the PCB using equipment called the split Hopkinson bar. Strain rates of over 4000/s were used for the impact bending test. The action of impact bending was used to simulate the effect on the PCB and the interconnection as a result of high energy impact on an electronic equipment. Shear test was then performed to examine the change in strength of the ICA joints as a result of impact damage. It was found that the SM ICA joints failed due to impact at a strain rate just over 4000/s. Microstructural examination carried out using a scanning electron microscope revealed that the interface between the ICA and copper pad on the PCB was the weakest region of the joint.
Impact Resistance of SM Joints Formed With ICA
Contributed by the Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division and presented at Poly 2000, London, United Kingdom, December 4–5, 2000. Manuscript received at ASME Headquarters, May 2002. Guest Editor: Bernd Michel.
Wu, C. M. L., Li , R. K. Y., and Yeung, N. H. (March 14, 2003). "Impact Resistance of SM Joints Formed With ICA ." ASME. J. Electron. Packag. March 2003; 125(1): 93–97. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1534842
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