The occurrence of voids is surely one of the most interesting phenomena associated with soft soldering. As a rule, larger or smaller voids can be found in most solder joints, which are formed as the result of gas which is trapped in the molten solder. When the molten solder hardens, these gas bubbles are frozen into place.
The reliability of most solder joints is not necessarily influenced decisively by voids contained within them, although there are exceptions. For example, sensitivity to voids is taking on new dimensions with regard to evolving package trends such as LGAs and QFNs. The greater the power loss which has to be dissipated via a solder joint, the lower its tolerability to voids is. In particular solder joints in power semiconductor devices should be nearly void-free.
This expert database makes a considerable contribution to understanding the mechanisms involved in the occurrence of voids and outgassing, and identifying the essential influencing variables. Influencing variables and the ways in which they interact are explained in a very clear-cut manner with reference to the respective response variables. Various graphics and Pareto charts help to clarify the interrelationships, which are quite complex in some cases. This allows the user to draw conclusions regarding how voids can be minimized for certain applications.
The expert database developed by Dr. Heinz Wohlrabe from the Dresden Technical University presents results which are based on work conducted by the voids workgroup and knowledge gained through previous projects (in some cases subsidized projects), as well as the international literature. Experiments conducted to this end were evaluated by means of statistical methods. The discussion attempts to clarify in particular controversial effects and contradictions.
Advantages at a glance:
- Database with freely selectable access to experimental results and comparison thereof as desired
- Graphics export
- Comprehensive documentation section
For any questions concerning the database and its content you can contact Dr. Wohlrabe of TU Dresden directly:
Technische Universität Dresden
Institut für Aufbau und Verbindungstechnik der Elektronik Dresden
Dr. Heinz Wohlrabe
Phone: +49 351 463-35479
Fax: +49 351 463-37069