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An investigation into the rheological properties of different lead-free solder pastes for surface mount applications

An investigation into the rheological properties of different lead-free solder pastes for surface mount applications

Mallik, Sabuj, Ekere, Ndy, Durairaj, Rajkumar and Marks, Antony (2008) An investigation into the rheological properties of different lead-free solder pastes for surface mount applications. Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, 20 (2). pp. 3-10. ISSN 0954-0911 (doi:1108/09540910810871511)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the rheological behaviour of three different lead-free solder pastes used for surface mount applications in the electronic industry.Design/methodology/approach – This study concerns the rheological measurements of solder paste samples and is made up of three parts. The first
part deals with the measurement of rhelogical properties with three different measuring geometries, the second part looks into the effect of frequencies on oscillatory stress sweep measurements and the final part reports on the characterisation and comparison of three different types of Pb-free solder pastes. Findings – Among the three geometries, the serrated parallel plate was found effective in minimising the wall-slip effect. From the oscillatory stresssweep
data with different frequencies; it was observed that the linear visco-elastic region is independent of frequency for all the solder paste samples. To understand the shear thinning behaviour of solder paste, the well known Cross and Carreau models were fitted to the viscosity data. Moreover,creep-recovery and dynamic frequency-sweep tests were also carried out without destroying the sample’s structure and have yielded useful information on the pastes behaviour.Research limitations/implications – More extensive research is needed to fully characterise the wall-slip behaviour during the rheological measurements of solder pastes. Practical implications – The rheological test results presented in this paper will be of important value for research and development, quality control and facilitation of the manufacturing of solder pastes and flux mediums. Originality/value – This paper shows how wall-slip effects can be effectively avoided during rheological measurements of solder pastes. The paper also outlines how different rheological test methods can be used to characterise solder paste behaviours

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: solder paste, lead, slip, creep, rheology
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Engineering
School of Engineering > Department of Engineering Systems
School of Engineering > Manufacturing Engineering Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:07
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2667

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