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Moisture Measurements in PCBs and Impact of Design on Desorption Behaviour

Sep 21, 2018 | Chris Hunt, Owen Thomas, Martin Wickham

Moisture accumulates during storage and industry practice recommends specific levels of baking to avoid delamination. This paper will discuss the use of capacitance measurements to follow the absorption and desorption behaviour of moisture. The PCB design used in this work, focused on the issue of baking out moisture trapped between copper planes. The PCB was designed with different densities of plated through holes and drilled holes in external copper planes, with capacitance sensors located on the inner layers. For trapped volumes between copper planes, the distance between holes proved to be critical in affecting the desorption rate. For fully saturated PCBs, the desorption time at elevated temperatures was observed to be in the order of hundreds of hours. Finite difference diffusion modelling was carried out for moisture desorption behaviour for plated through holes and drilled holes in copper planes. A meshed copper plane was also modelled evaluating its effectiveness for assisting moisture removal and decreasing bake times. Results also showed, that in certain circumstances, regions of the PCB under copper planes initially increase in moisture during baking....

Low Cycle Fatigue Behaviour of Multi-joint Sample in Mechanical Testing

Mar 21, 2013 | C.P. Hunt, O. Thomas, D. Di Maio, E. Kamara, H. Lu

This paper explores the behaviour of a copper test vehicle with multiple reflowed solder joints, which has direct relevance to ball grid arrays (BGA) and high density interconnect structures. The paper explores the relative stress conditions on the distributed joints and the sensitivity to ball joint shape... First published in the 2012 IPC APEX EXPO technical conference proceedings...

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