SMTA International Conference Proceedings


Authors: Thomas A. Woodrow, Ph.D.
Company: Boeing Research and Technology
Date Published: 10/24/2010   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: Mechanical shock testing was conducted by Boeing Research and Technology (Seattle) for the NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Solder Project. This project is a follow-on to the Joint Council on Aging Aircraft/Joint Group on Pollution Prevention (JCAA/JG-PP) Lead-Free Solder Project which was the first group to test the reliability of lead-free solder joints against the requirements of the aerospace/military community.

Twenty one test vehicles were subjected to the shock test conditions (in four batches). The Shock Response Spectrum (SRS) input was increased during the test after every 100 shock pulses in an effort to fail as many components as possible within the time allotted for the test.

The solder joints on the components were electrically monitored using event detectors and any solder joint failures were recorded on a Labview-based data collection system. The number of shocks required to fail a given component attached with SnPb solder was then compared to the number of shocks required to fail the same component attached with lead-free solder.

A complete modal analysis was conducted on one test vehicle using a laser vibrometer system which measured velocities, accelerations, and displacements at one hundred points. The laser vibrometer data was used to determine the frequencies of the major modes of the test vehicle and the shapes of the modes. In addition, laser vibrometer data collected during the mechanical shock test was used to calculate the strains generated (using custom software).

After completion of the testing, all of the test vehicles were visually inspected and cross sections were made. Broken component leads and other unwanted failure modes were documented.

Key words: mechanical shock, lead-free solder, NASA, reliability

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