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Publication date: 13 May 2019

Mengjiao Guo, F. Sun and Zuozhu Yin

This paper used a novel technique, which is thermo-compression bonding, and Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu solder to form a full intermetallic compound (IMC) Cu3Sn joints (Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu…

Abstract

Purpose

This paper used a novel technique, which is thermo-compression bonding, and Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu solder to form a full intermetallic compound (IMC) Cu3Sn joints (Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu joints). The purpose of the study is to form high-melting-point IMC joints for high-temperature power electronics applications. The study also investigated the effect of temperature gradient on the microstructure evolution and the growth behavior of IMCs.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the thermo-compression bonding technique was used to form full Cu3Sn joints.

Findings

Experimental results indicated that full Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu solder joints with the thickness of about 5-6 µm are formed in a short time of 9.9 s and under a low pressure of 0.016 MPa at 450°C by thermo-compression bonding technique. During the bonding process, Cu6Sn5 grew with common scallop-like shape at Cu/SAC105 interfaces, which was followed by the growth of Cu3Sn with planar-like shape between Cu/Cu6Sn5 interfaces. Meanwhile, the morphology of Cu3Sn transformed from a planar-like shape to wave-like shape until full IMCs solder joints were eventually formed during thermo-compression bonding process. Asymmetrical growth behavior of the interfacial IMCs was also clearly observed at both ends of the Cu/SAC105 (Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu)/Cu solder joints. Detailed reasons for the asymmetrical growth behavior of the interfacial IMCs during thermo-compression bonding process are given. The compound of Ag element causes a reduction in Cu dissolution rate from the IMC into the solder solution at the hot end, inhibiting the growth of IMCs at the cold end.

Originality/value

This study used the thermo-compression bonding technique and Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu to form full Cu3Sn joints.

Details

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, vol. 31 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0954-0911

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Publication date: 14 February 2018

Zuozhu Yin, Fenglian Sun, Yang Liu and Yang Liu

The purpose of this paper is to investigate growth kinetics of interfacial Cu-Sn intermetallic compound (IMC) at the solid Cu/liquid Sn interface.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate growth kinetics of interfacial Cu-Sn intermetallic compound (IMC) at the solid Cu/liquid Sn interface.

Design/methodology/approach

The Sn/Cu solid–liquid interfacial IMCs are fabricated under various soldering temperatures (240°C-270°C) and soldering times (5-240 s) by dipping method. The thickness and morphology of IMC are observed and analyzed by the optical microscope and scanning electron microscope.

Findings

Holding at 260°C, Cu/Sn solid–liquid interface Cu6Sn5 growth index experience a change from 0.08 to 0.30 within 10-190 s. The growth index is 0.08 in 10-40 s; the growth index is 0.30 in 40-190 s. Cu6Sn5 grain coarsening index is constant within 10-190 s. It is 0.13. The result of the index of Cu6Sn5 grain coarsening is different from predecessors 27 results Cu6Sn5 grain coarsening index for 1/3. This is because Cu6Sn5 grain grows at the expense of its near small grain to reduce the surface Gibbs free energy, and its morphology changes from regular shape to irregular shape. It sets up the mathematical expression about the initial formation time and temperature of Cu3Sn in 240°C-270°C.

Originality/value

It obtains a mathematical model to express the changes of solid–liquid interface frontier concentration which has an effect on the interfacial Cu6Sn5 layer growth index and the Cu6Sn5 grain coarsening index. Different indexes can be obtained by establishing relevance equations, which can be used to predict the growth of the interface IMC layer. This mathematical model is established to design the solder pads and the sizes of the solder joints.

Details

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, vol. 30 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0954-0911

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