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Critical Evaluation of Relative Importance of Stress and Stress Gradient in Whisker Growth in Sn Coatings

Jagtap, Piyush and Sethuraman, Vijay A and Kumar, Praveen (2018) Critical Evaluation of Relative Importance of Stress and Stress Gradient in Whisker Growth in Sn Coatings. In: JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC MATERIALS, 47 (9). pp. 5229-5242.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11664-018-6391-6


The role of stress state and stress gradient in whisker growth in Sn coatings electrodeposited on brass is examined. The bulk stress in Sn coatings was measured using a laser-optics-based curvature setup, whereas glancing angle x-ray diffraction was employed to quantify the stress near the surface; this also allowed studying the role of the out-of-plane stress gradient in whisker growth. Both bulk stress and near-surface stress in the Sn coating evolved with time, wherein both were compressive immediately after the deposition, and thereafter while the bulk stress monotonically became more compressive and subsequently saturated with aging at room temperature, the stress near the surface of the Sn coating continually became more tensile with aging. These opposing evolutionary behaviors of bulk and near-surface stresses readily reveals establishment of a negative out-of-plane stress gradient, which is required for the spontaneous growth of whiskers. The importance of the out-of-plane stress gradient was also validated by externally imposing widely different stress states and stress gradients in Sn coatings using a 3-point bending apparatus. Additional whisker growth occurred in the coatings subjected to external tensile stress; however, this was accompanied by a higher negative out-of-plane stress gradient. The results conclusively demonstrate the important role of the negative out-of-plane stress gradient on whisker growth, as compared to only sign and magnitude of stress.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SPRINGER
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to SPRINGER
Keywords: Curvature measurement; Sn whiskers; stress gradient; stress state; XRD
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 07:51
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 05:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/61953

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