Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 21, pp 6897–6903 | Cite as

Fracture behavior of Cu-cored solder joints

  • Yunsung Kim
  • Hyelim Choi
  • Hyoungjoo Lee
  • Dongjun Shin
  • Jeongtak Moon
  • Heeman ChoeEmail author


Copper-cored solder can be regarded as the next-generation solder for microelectronic semiconductors exposed to harsh operating conditions owing to its excellent sustainability under extreme thermal conditions, e.g., in microelectronic semiconductors used in transportation systems. Cu-cored solder joints with two different coating layers, Sn–3.0Ag and Sn–1.0In, were compared with the baseline Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder. The fracture strength and failure mode were examined using the high-speed ball-pull and normal-speed shear tests. The Cu-cored solder joint with the Sn–1.0In plating layer exhibited the highest ball-pull and shear strengths. In addition, it showed a much lower percentage of interface fracture between the Cu-core and plating layer than the interface fracture percentage in the Sn–3.0Ag plating layer due to the improved wettability between the Cu-core and Sn–1.0In plating layer.


Solder Joint Surface Finish Solder Ball Interface Fracture Plating Layer 



This research was supported by 2009 Academic Research & Development Program through Korea Sanhak Foundation. This study was also supported in part by the Priority Research Centers Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2009-0093814). HC also acknowledges support from the research program 2011 of Kookmin University in the Republic of Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yunsung Kim
    • 1
  • Hyelim Choi
    • 1
  • Hyoungjoo Lee
    • 1
  • Dongjun Shin
    • 1
  • Jeongtak Moon
    • 2
  • Heeman Choe
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kookmin UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.MK Electron Co., LtdKyeonggi-doRepublic of Korea

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