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Development of a Sn–Ag–Cu solder reinforced with Ni-coated carbon nanotubes

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In this study, Ni-coated carbon nanotubes (Ni-CNTs) were incorporated into the 95.8Sn-3.5Ag-0.7Cu solder alloy using the powder metallurgy route. Up to 0.3 wt% of Ni-CNTs were successfully incorporated. The effects of Ni-CNTs on the physical, thermal and mechanical properties of Sn–Ag–Cu solder alloy were investigated. With the addition of increasing weight percentages of Ni-CNTs, the composite solders showed a corresponding decrease in density values and improved wetting properties. The thermomechanical property results showed an improvement in thermal stability for the composite solders. Mechanical characterization revealed an improvement in ultimate tensile strength (up to 12%) and 0.2% yield strength (up to 8%) with the addition of 0.05 wt% Ni-CNTs in the solder.

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The authors acknowledge the research funding and support by China Scholarship Council, Tianjin University, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology.

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Han, Y.D., Nai, S.M.L., Jing, H.Y. et al. Development of a Sn–Ag–Cu solder reinforced with Ni-coated carbon nanotubes. J Mater Sci: Mater Electron 22, 315–322 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10854-010-0135-6

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