Fatigue and Creep Properties of Sintered Ag Paste from Room Temperature to High Temperature
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Sinter silver (Ag) paste has been considered as promising joint materials for SiC and GaN power modules due to its excellent thermo-stability and high electrical/thermal conductivity. Here, we investigated the mechanical properties of sintered Ag paste including fatigue and creep from room temperature to high temperature (≥200 °C), which strongly related with reliability and lift time of power modules. At the room temperature, the sample did not break even at 10 to the 6th power when the stress amplitude was less than 4 MPa. From the S-N curve, the fatigue is close to the Morrow equation but not is the Coffin–Manson law. In addition, in the case of high temperature test (200 °C), the fracture behavior is different with room temperature, large deformation appeared at the necking part of the sintered Ag paste for both fatigue and creep test.
KeywordsSinter Ag paste Materials properties Fatigue test Life time High temperature
This work was supported by the JST Advanced Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program (ALCA) project “Development of a high-frequency GaN power module package technology” (Grant No. JPMJAL1610). The author is thankful to the Network Joint Research Centre for Materials and Devices and Dynamic Alliance for Open Innovation Bridging Human, Environment and Material.