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Slice analysis

Slice analysis is the process of obtaining the cross-section structure of PCB by a series of means and steps such as sampling, Mosaic, slice, polishing, corrosion and observation. Through slice analysis, we can get rich information about the microstructure of PCB(through hole, coating, etc.) quality, which provides a good basis for the next step of quality improvement. But this method is destructive, and once sliced, the sample must be destroyed.

Scanning acoustic microscope

At present, C-mode ultrasonic scanning acoustic microscope is mainly used for electronic packaging or assembly analysis. It uses the amplitude, phase and polarity changes generated by the reflection of high-frequency ultrasonic waves on the discontinuous interface of materials to image. The scanning mode is to scan the X-Y plane information along the Z-axis. Therefore, the scanning acoustic microscope can be used to detect components, materials and PCB and PCBA internal defects, including cracks, delamination, inclusions and voids. If the frequency width of the scan acoustics is sufficient, the internal defects of the solder joint can also be detected directly. A typical scanning acoustic image is a red warning color to indicate the existence of defects. As a large number of plastic packaged components are used in SMT process, in the process of converting from lead to lead-free process, a large number of moisture reflux sensitive problems will occur, that is, hygmoscopic plastic sealing devices will appear internal or substrate delamination cracking during reflux at a higher lead-free process temperature. In the high temperature of lead-free process, common PCB will often appear the phenomenon of board explosion. At this point, scanning acoustic microscope shows its special advantage in nondestructive detection of multilayer high density PCB. And the general obvious explosion plate is only through the visual appearance can be detected.

Microinfrared analysis

Microscopic infrared analysis is the analysis method combining infrared spectrum and microscope. It uses the principle of different materials (mainly organic matter) absorption of infrared spectrum to analyze the composition of materials. Combined with the microscope, visible light and infrared light can be the same optical path, as long as in the visible field of view, you can find to analyze trace organic pollutants. Without the combination of a microscope, usually infrared spectroscopy can only analyze a large sample size. In many cases of electronic technology, trace pollution can lead to poor weldability of PCB pad or lead pin. It can be imagined that it is difficult to solve process problems without the infrared spectrum of the microscope. The main purpose of micro-infrared analysis is to analyze the organic pollutants on the surface of the welded surface or solder joint, and to analyze the causes of corrosion or poor weldability.


Scanning electron microscope analysis (SEM)

Scanning electron microscope (SEM) is one of the most useful large electron microscopic imaging systems for failure analysis. It is most commonly used for morphological observation. Currently, the function of scanning electron microscope has been very powerful, and any fine structure or surface characteristics can be magnified to hundreds of thousands of times for observation and analysis.

In the failure analysis of PCB or solder joint, SEM is mainly used to analyze the failure mechanism. Specifically, it is used to observe the morphology and structure of the surface of the solder joint, the microstructure of the solder joint, the measurement of intermetallic compounds, the analysis of weldability coating and the measurement of tin whisk. Different from the optical microscope, the image produced by scanning electron microscope is electronic, so only black and white, and the sample of scanning electron microscope is required to conduct electricity, for non-conductors and part of the semiconductor need to spray gold or carbon treatment, otherwise the charge gathered on the surface of the sample will affect the observation of the sample. In addition, the depth of field of SEM image is much larger than that of optical microscope, which is an important method for the analysis of metallographic structure, micro-fracture, tin whisker and other uneven samples.

Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)

Differential scanning calorimetry (DifferentialScanningCalorim - etry) is under the process temperature control, measuring input power difference between the substance and reference substance relation with temperature (or time) of a kind of method. It is an analytical method to study the relationship between heat and temperature, according to which the physical, chemical and thermodynamic properties of materials can be studied and analyzed. DSC is widely used, but in the analysis of PCB is mainly used to measure the degree of curing of various polymer materials used on PCB, glass state conversion temperature, these two parameters determine the reliability of PCB in the subsequent process.

Thermomechanical analyzer (TMA)

Thermal mechanical analysis technique (ThermalMechanicalAnalysis) is used to process temperature control, measurement of solids, liquids and gels in thermal or mechanical force deformation under the action of performance. It is a method to study the relationship between thermal and mechanical properties. According to the relationship between deformation and temperature (or time), the physicochemical and thermodynamic properties of materials can be studied and analyzed. TMA is widely used in the analysis of PCB. It is mainly used in the two most critical parameters of PCB: the measurement of its linear expansion coefficient and glass transition temperature. The PCB of substrate with excessive expansion coefficient often leads to the fracture failure of metallization hole after welding and assembly.

Thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA)

Thermogravimetric analysis (Thermogravimetric Analysis) is a method to measure the relationship between the mass of a substance and the temperature (or time) under the temperature control program. TGA uses a sophisticated electronic balance to monitor the subtle mass changes that occur during the process of programmed temperature change. According to the change of material mass with temperature (or time), the physicochemical and thermodynamic properties of materials can be studied and analyzed. In the aspect of PCB analysis, it is mainly used to measure the thermal stability or thermal decomposition temperature of PCB materials. If the thermal decomposition temperature of the substrate is too low, PCB will explode or delamination failure phenomenon when it passes the high temperature of welding process.

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