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Mohamad Solehin Mohamed Sunar, Maria Abu Bakar, Azman Jalar, Mohamad Riduwan Ramli and Fakhrozi Che Ani
Reflow solder joint quality is significantly affected by the ability of the solder to perfectly fill pad space and retain good solder joint shape. This study aims to…
Reflow solder joint quality is significantly affected by the ability of the solder to perfectly fill pad space and retain good solder joint shape. This study aims to investigate solder joint quality by quantitatively analyzing the stencil printing-deposited solder volume, solder height and solder coverage area.
The dispensability of different solder paste types on printed circuit board (PCB) pads using different stencil aperture shapes was evaluated. Lead-free Type 4 (20–38 µm particle size) and Type 5 (15–25 µm particle size) solder pastes were used to create solder joints according to standard reflow soldering.
The results show that the stencil aperture shape greatly affects the solder joint quality as compared with the type of solder paste. These investigations allow the development of new strategies for solving solder paste stencil printing issues and evaluating the quality of solder joints.
The reflow soldering process requires the appropriate selection of the stencil aperture shape according to the PCB and the solder paste according to the particle-size distribution of the solder alloy powder. However, there are scarce studies on the effects of stencil aperture shape and the solder alloy particle size on the solder paste space-filling ability.