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Title: Contributions Of Stress And Oxidation On The Formation Of Whiskers In Pb-Free Solders

This report summarizes the research activities of WP-1754. The study focusses on the environmental factors influencing formation of lead free whiskers on electrodeposited tin coatings over copper (or copper containing) substrates. Much of the initial results are summarized in an interim report. From the initial results, two main areas were chosen to be the focus of additional research: the demonstration of effects of elastic stress state in the nucleation of whiskers and the confirmation of the effect of oxygen/nitrogen ratio in the formation of whiskers. Different levels of elastic stress were induced with the incorporation of a custom designed fixture that loaded the substrates in a four-point bending configuration and were maintained in an environmental chamber under conditions deemed favorable for whisker growth. The results show that induced elastic stress slightly increased the concentration of nucleation sites of whiskers. The effects of oxygen content were studied by aging substrates in gas vials of varying absolute pressure and different oxygen/nitrogen ratios. The concentration of whiskers were measured and appear to be sensitive to absolute pressure but are not sensitive to oxygen content (as previously observed).
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TRN: US1400310
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE Tin Whiskers, Residual Stress, Environmental Degradation