PurposeThis paper aims to investigate the creep properties of the bulks of low-Ag Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi-Ni/Cu micro solder joints from 298 to 358 K. The creep constitutive modelling was developed. Meanwhile, the creep mechanism of the bulks of Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi-Ni/Cu micro solder joints was discussed.Design/methodology/approachThe creep properties of the bulks of low-Ag Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi-Ni/Cu micro solder joints from 298 to 358 K were investigated using the nanoindentation method.FindingsThe results of the experiments showed that the indentation depth and area increased with increasing temperatures. At the test temperature of 298-358 K, the creep strain rate of the bulks of the micro solder joints increases with the rising of the tested temperature. The values of creep stress exponent and activation energy calculated for the bulks of Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi-Ni/Cu micro solder joints were reasonably close to the published data. At the tested temperatures, dislocation climb took place and the dislocation climb motion was controlled by the dislocation pipe mechanism, and the second-phase particles enhancement mechanism played a very important role.Originality/valueThis study provides the creep properties of low-Ag Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi-Ni/Cu solder joints at different temperatures. The creep constitutive modelling has been developed for low-Ag Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu-Bi-Ni/Cu solder joints.
Soldering & Surface Mount Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 6, 2016
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