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Three-Dimensional CAE of Wire-Sweep in Microchip Encapsulation
Wen-Hsien Yang, David C. Hsu, Venny Yang, Rong-Yeu Chang, Francis Su, Sheng-Jye Huang, May 2004
Wire Sweep is a common molding problem encountered in microchip encapsulation. The resin melt flow will exert drag force on wires and hence causes deformation of wires. In this paper, an integrated CAE of wire sweep is proposed to help engineer to evaluate and optimize the encapsulation process. The resin flow is calculated by a true 3D thermal flow solver based on a highly flexible prismatic element generation technique. Thanks to the efficiency of the proposed methodology in terms of CPU time and memory requirement, the industrial packages with complex geometry and high pin count can be analyzed with minimum model simplification. Furthermore, a user-friendly integrated environment is also developed to link the flow analysis with structure analysis to provide the total solution for wire sweep assessment. The developed approach proved from numerical experiments to be a cost-effective method for true 3D simulation of wire sweep in microchip encapsulation
Three-Dimensional Dynamic Simulation of Paddle Shift during Semiconductor-Chip Encapsulation
Sejin Han, Franco Costa, Shishir Ray, Scott Willmorth, May 2004
In this paper, the movement of the paddle during the semiconductor-chip encapsulation process is simulated dynamically. The non-uniform pressure distribution across the paddle will cause the paddle to shift during filling. The movement of the paddle will in turn cause a change in cavity thickness, and thus will affect the flow. This interaction between paddle shift and flow has been simulated. A three-dimensional finite-element method is used for the flow analysis. The simulation results are evaluated using an example case. The effects of mold temperature and filling time have also been examined.
Molding Analysis for Underfill of Flip-Chip Packages
Wen-Ren Jong, Shia Chung Chen, Cheng Chang Lai, Tsung Hsiang Kuo, Hung Wen Liu, Shrwai Ho, Wen-Yang Lo, May 2004
Nowadays, underfill of flip chip is often driven by capillary force to dispense the space between chip and substrate. The flow is very slow and could result in incomplete dispensing or voids. Therefore, as the chip size increases, the dispensing problems become more serious. For this reason, it is critical for flip-chip technology to speed up the encapsulation process and avoid possible defects.This paper setup an experiment to study the influences of bump design, such as gap height, bump pitch and bumped patterns, on the underfill of flip-chip package. These studies could be used to build up the knowledge of underfill process.
The Analysis on the Fatigue Life of Flip Chip Package under Cyclic Thermo-Mechanical Loading
Wen-Ren Jong, Chien-Chia Chiu, Hsin-Chun Tsai, Shia-Chung Chen, May 2004
This study focuses on the reliability of flip chip package under the loading of cyclic temperature. This study shows thorough modeling and analysis of using ANSYS to simulate the thermal conduction and the mechanical behavior of flip chip package. The results reveal that the deflection is caused by the difference of material properties of the components, as such, the maximum equivalent plastic strain of solder bumps always happens at the farthest place from the symmetrical surface of models where the fatigue destruction occurs most easily. Further, temperature cycle test (TCT) was employed to study issues of reliability. The fatigue life was calculated by fatigue-stress and fatigue-strain method respectively in different cycles, material properties, and processes.
Structural Analysis of DC-DC Converters
Wen-Ren Jong, Shu-Hui Peng, Tsung- Hsiang Kuo, Steven Hu, Shr-Wai Ho, May 2004
The compact DC-DC converts consist of one aluminum substrate and two FR-4 substrates which hold electronic components, and molding epoxy. Due to its structural complexity, the device could be easily failed during the thermal cyclic test.This paper presents the complete CAE modeling and integrated analysis of DC-DC converters which can be used to design a better product. A detail 3D model of converters is constructed to understand the behavior of all important components under the thermal cyclic test. The results show the weakest solder-joint spot which can be verified with experimental failure. Some geometrical parameters are also studied to show their importance.
Synthesis and Properties of Polymer Blend Nanocomposites. Part II. Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO)
Keun Yong Lee, Lloyd A. Goettler, May 2004
Nanocomposites with organically treated montmorillonite derived from layered silicates in various PP/EPDM blends were prepared by direct melt intercalation in an internal mixer. In these nanocomposites, the nanoclay reinforcement is constrained to lie selectively either in the continuous matrix or in the dispersed phase or both phases of a thermoplastic olefin. The morphology as well as mechanical properties of the nanocomposite blends are strongly affected by the selective reinforcement of each phase. Morphology characterization by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) provide the basis for understanding the observed structure-property relationships in this class of materials.
Rheological Characterization of Polystyrene-Clay Nanocomposites as they Relate to the Degree of Dispersion
Jin Zhao, Rich Fibiger, Rich Fibiger, Nicole Roberman, Lizhi Liu, Eddy Garcia-Meitin, Victor Juarez, Danny King, May 2004
Polymer nanocomposites with as little as 2-vol. percent of layered silicate can dramatically improve tensile modulus, strength, and heat distortion temperature without significant loss of impact strength. Such improvements will have major impact in the material industry and technology. Because viscoelastic measurements are highly sensitive to the nanoscale and mesoscale structure of polymeric materials, when combined with X-ray Scattering, electron microscopy, thermal analysis, and mechanical property measurements, they will provide fundamental understanding of the state and mechanism of exfoliation of layered silicate in polymer matrix. In addition, understanding rheological properties of polymer nanocomposites is crucial for application development and understanding polymer processability.The degree of intercalation, exfoliation, and dispersion has been traditionally characterized by XRD and TEM. While both of them are very effective tools, both are limited by only probing a small volume of the sample and are too costly for routine characterization of nanocomposites. Melt rheology can quantify via a global average on the degree of intercalation/exfoliation/dispersion across whole nanocomposite test specimens usually around 2 grams of samples. It will be less ambiguous than other techniques (e.g. TEM) in quantifying exfoliation/dispersion. In addition, it will be easier to perform than TEM and XRD thereby opening up the possibilities of performing routine studies to better understand the influence of material options and processing conditions for improving nanocomposite exfoliation/dispersion. In this report, the effects of clay dispersion/exfoliation on the viscoelastic properties of polymer/clay nanocomposites are investigated using dynamic mechanical measurements, dynamic shear measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Polystyrene/clay hybrid materials with different degree of dispersion/exfoliation were prepared by solve
Effect of Clay Surface Modification on the Polymer Nanocomposite Foam Structure
Xiangmin Han, Changchun Zeng, Maxwell J. Wingert, L. James Lee, Kurt W. Koelling, David L. Tomasko, May 2004
Nanoclay can work as a nucleation agent to control foam cell structure and reinforcement to enhance foam properties. In this paper, the clay surface is modified by a reactive quaternary ammonium surfactants and grafted with either poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) or polystyrene (PS). The polystyrene and the polymer modified clay nanocomposites are synthesized by in-situ polymerization and extrusion compounding. By using CO2 as the foaming agent, the nanocomposite foams are prepared in a single screw extruder. It is found that the surface modification has a great influence on the foam morphology. The presence of more CO2-philic PMMA on the clay surface leads to a lower melt viscosity.
Graphene Nanoplatelet Reinforced Polymer Coatings
Shing-Chung Wong, Eric M. Sutherland, Fawn M. Uhl, Suchitra Yerramaddu, Dean C. Webster, Bor Z. Jang, May 2004
Fabrication of carbon nanotubes is expensive, particularly for the purifying process required to make useful nanotube polymer composites. Instead of trying to discover lower cost processes for nanotubes, we seek to develop an alternative nanoscale carbon material with comparable properties that can be produced cost-effectively and in larger quantities for composites applications. This new class of nano material is herein referred to as nanoscale graphene plate (NGP). This paper introduces the novel processing ideas for NGP and some mechanical and electrical properties of the NGP reinforced polymers.
Melt Rheology of Polylactides
John R. Dorgan, Jay Janzen, Dan Knauss, Birgit Braun, May 2004
Polylactides (PLAs) have been known for several decades and have recently gained considerable commercial significance. This development makes it urgently desirable to have the rheological properties of these materials well-characterized. In this study, rheological and thermal measurements were made on a comprehensive and well-characterized set of homopolymers and copolymers spanning wide ranges of molecular mass and stereoisomer proportions. Temperature dependencies of the time-temperature superposition curves were obtained. Data were correlated utilizing a viscoelastic model enabling the development of a simple Excel spreadsheet for predicting linear viscoelastic properties as a function of molecular weight and temperature.
Novel Controlled Drug Release Biodegradable Polymers Systems
Freddy Y.C.Boey, Subbu S.Venkatraman, J. Pan, L.P. Tan, May 2004
Biodegradable polymers, in particular polylactide and polyglycolide systems, having started out predominantly in the degradable sutures market, are now finding increasing use for controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering, where their use as temporary substrates or devices provides significant therapeutic advantages. The idea of using them as micro particles to prolong delivery of drugs have already been commercialized. This paper describes some work focusing on using these polymers as novel structures for localized and multiple drug delivery. The development of a dual drug eluting stent will be described to treat stenosis of coronary blood vessels, pulmonary airways or urological passages. The stents are inserted non invasively into and anchored to be resident in the body for a prescribed period to release drugs according to a prescribed profile and bio-erosion rate, hence eliminating the need for a second surgical procedure. Another application presented is the development of novel copolymers of PLA particles with stealth ability to evade the immune system and hence achieve protracted blood lifetimes, allowing efficacious therapy in especially cancer treatment. With suitable modifications, such nanoparticles may also be made to act as non-viral gene vectors to be used in delivering gene payloads to the nucleus.
Mechanical Responses in Biomimetic Polymer Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposites
Kalpana S. Katti, Phanikumar Turlapati, May 2004
In situ composites of hydroxyapatite (HAP-the mineral component of natural bone) were synthesized in our previous work. The in situ composites exhibit improved recovery and smaller plastic strains than the ex situ composite systems. The role of synthetic macromolecules in controlling the mineralization of HAP is shown to be the primary reason for the improved mechanical responses in these material systems. The control of macromolecules on mineralization of HAP and resulting bulk properties of the composite are similar to that of collagen in natural bone. This process thus represents a biomimetic method for control of mechanical responses in polymer-HAP composites. Mechanical responses of the composite after soaking in a simulated body fluid (SBF) are investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. Superior response of the composites (higher modulus and strength) is observed under SBF as compared to soaking in water. Response of these composites under strain rates typical for human bones is also investigated
Degradation Studies of PLA Films Grafted with Hydrophilic Polymers
Amol V. Janorkar, Douglas E. Hirt, May 2004
Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is being investigated vastly due to its biodegradable and biocompatible nature. However, the degradation of PLA is slow, often leading to a long life-time in vivo. The major objective of this research is to modify PLA film surfaces with the ultimate aim of making a bioactive surface that will show faster degradation. The PLA film was solvent cast and the film surfaces were grafted with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) using a UV induced photopolymerization process. The films were incubated in different pH solutions, viz., pH = 4, 7, and 10, for a specified time period. The film resulting from each treatment was analyzed using Transmission-FTIR spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The molecular weights of the films were measured using gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Results established that faster degradation of the PLA film when incubated in different pH solutions could be achieved by surface modification of the PLA film by grafting PAA.
The Comparitive Role of Relaxation and Forced Retraction on the Structural Organization Processes in Uniaxially Stretched PLA Films from Amorphous Precursors
Jake H. Mulligan, Miko Cakmak, May 2004
Extrusion cast poly(lactic acid) (PLA) films were stretched uniaxially in the rubbery state while their optical and mechanical behavior were monitored with our on-line stretch birefringence instrumentation.If the films are stretched fast they exhibit nematic order as also reflected in the negative deviation from linearity in stress optical behavior. This structure was found to eventually convert to oriented ?-phase crystalline form if sufficiently long time is allowed for relaxation If, on the other hand, a rapid slight retraction is employed, this conversion form nematic order oriented crystalline order is accelerated. This significant behavior strongly supports the use of retraction stages in processes that utilize uniaxial and biaxial stretching.
Deformation Processes of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes in Composites
Robert J. Young, Marcel Lucas, May 2004
Raman spectroscopy is a technique widely used to study the vibrational modes of carbon nanotubes. The low-frequency Radial Breathing Modes (RBMs) are frequently used to characterize carbon nanotube samples. We report a Raman spectroscopic study on the strain-induced intensity variations of the RBMs of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs) in epoxy/SWNT composites. The RBM intensities have been found to vary significantly over a range of strain between -0.3% and 0.7%. The trend (increase or decrease) as well as the magnitudes of the intensity variation depends on the nanotube diameter and its chirality. Using tight-binding calculations, we have shown that these intensity variations can be explained entirely by resonance theory. Electronic density of states calculations confirm that the energy separation between the Van Hove singularities shifts with strain. The nanotubes are thus moved closer or further away from resonance, causing the intensity variations. It is demonstrated that through the use of resonance theory, a tentative chirality can be assigned to each type of SWNT from knowledge of its RBM position and the effect of strain upon the RBM intensity, thus determining its entire structure.
On the Tearing Toughness and Permeability Modelling of Polymer Nanocomposites
Y.-W. Mai, J.S.S. Wong, R.K.Y. Li, C. Lu, May 2004
This paper presents preliminary studies on two aspects of nylon-based nanoclay composite films: their out-of-plane tearing fracture resistance and moisture diffusion characteristics. Attempts to analyze the out-of-plane tearing fracture based on the essential work of fracture analysis will be presented. Also, theoretical modelling of the permeability of these polymer nanocomposites is also presented which takes into account the degree of exfoliation, orientation, aspect ratio and volume fraction of the nanoclay sheets; crystallinity of polymer matrix; and the affinity of polymer and clay with the diffusing species. Comparisons with published permeability data are given.
Remote Strain-Sensor Coatings Based upon Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites
Robert J. Young, Jérôme Halary, John L. Stanford, Peter A. Lovell, May 2004
Nanocomposites and nanostructured polymers with unique opto-mechanical properties have been developed as smart coatings for use in a novel, high resolution, and non-contact strain-measuring application. Remote polarized Raman spectroscopy has been used to monitor optical strain sensitivity of deformed coatings (deformation micromechanics), and determine local strains on the micron scale directly from stress/strain induced Raman band shifts. The research is aimed at providing a novel high-resolution non-contact technique for the determination of surface stresses and strains in a wide variety of engineering components used in both laboratory and in-the-field (external) applications.
Some Studies on Montmorillonite (MMT) Filled Polypropylene Composite Systems
Robert K.Y. Li, Dean Shi, May 2004
In this presentation, two aspects of PP/MMT composite systems will be addressed. In the first part, the effect of using MMT particles as the initiator carrier in the melt grafting reaction of maleic anhydride (MAH) onto polypropylene backbone will be presented. It was found that using this method; the degradation of the PP molecular chains can be significantly reduced. In the second part, a method of improving the dispersion of MMT particles in PP/MMT nanocomposites will be presented. This new method involves the pretreatment of MMT particles with PVA, and our results show that the method is effective in improving the dispersion of MMT particles in PP matrix.
Importance of Concomitant Strengthening and Toughening in Nanoclay-Reinforced Polymers
Shing-Chung Wong, Ling Chen, Chaobin He, Xuehong Lu, May 2004
Fracture properties and deformation mechanisms of nanoclay reinforced polypropylene (PP) modified with maleic anhydride were investigated. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics was employed to characterize the toughness in light of substantial post-yield deformation for the reinforced maleated PP. Upon introduction of 2.5 wt% clay loading, it was observed that tensile strength, modulus and fracture initiation toughness concomitantly increased substantially. Continued increase in clay loading only led to stiffening and strengthening effects to the detriment of fracture toughness. Deformation mechanisms were examined using electron microscopy and small angle X-ray scattering.
Drawing of Nylon 66 Fibers in the Presence of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide
Xianbo Hu, Alan J. Lesser, May 2004
The drawing behavior and mechanical properties of as-spun and highly oriented nylon 66 fibers drawn in supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) were studied. Conditions including different temperature, CO2 pressure and plasticizers with different polarity were systematically investigated. Results show that CO2 is an efficient plasticizer for as-spun Nylon 66 fibers as shown by decreases in the draw stress. In contrast, CO2 shows only a slight influence on the drawability of highly oriented nylon 66 fiber. The effect of other plasticizers such as water, methanol, and ethanol on the drawability of nylon 66 fibers is very similar to that of CO2. Tenacity and modulus of one-stage drawn fibers are less than 0.8GPa and 5.0GPa. Fibers with highest tenacity and modulus 0.96GPa/5.04GPa, 1.06GPa/5.04GPa were obtained by two-stage drawing in SCCO2 from as-spun and drawn nylon 66 fibers respectively. The main reason for the extremely low draw ratio (less than 6.0) of nylon 66 fibers is the hydrogen bonds in crystalline phase.

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