Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 38, Issue 11, pp 2376–2387

Primary Creep in Sn3.8Ag0.7Cu Solder. Part I: Theory, Experiments, and Data Reduction

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This article presents constant-load creep and stress relaxation data for Sn3.8Ag0.7Cu spanning a range of strain rates \( 10^{ - 8}\, \hbox{s}^{ - 1} < \dot{\varepsilon } < 10^{ - 4}\, \hbox{s}^{ - 1} , \) and temperatures 25°C, 75°C, and 100°C. Creep and stress relaxation measurements showed that transient creep caused faster strain rates during stress relaxation for a given stress than the corresponding minimum creep rate from constant-load creep tests. The extent of strain hardening during primary creep was a function of temperature and strain rate. Data reduction incorporated a fast Fourier transform method to remove spurious data from stress relaxation corresponding to the period of partial strain relaxation during loading.


Tin–silver–copper (Sn-Ag-Cu) solder transient creep stress relaxation reliability 

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© TMS 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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