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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 264–269 | Cite as

The Silicone Conundrum

  • W. John Wolfgong
  • Kirk Wiggins
Case History---Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Silicones are ubiquitous materials used in a multitude of industries. They are, in fact, so common that designers often overlook their shortcomings. This paper discusses some of the common failure mechanisms of silicones, in particular with regards to the electronics industry that have been investigated by the Raytheon Failure Analysis Labs, McKinney, TX.

Keywords

Chemistry Failure analysis Separation 

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Copyright information

© ASM International 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Raytheon Failure Analysis LabsMcKinneyUSA

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