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Effect of lamination on the bending fatigue life of copper coated PET substrate
Author(s): Khalid Alzoubi; Mohammad M. Hamasha; Mark Schadt; Susan Lu; Bahgat Sammakia; Mark Poliks
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Paper Abstract

While today's display technology is mainly based on rigid-based substrate, flexible display technology has been significantly growing since the last decade. However, Flexible displays are susceptible to many types of stresses during processing and usage. Thin films on flexible substrate are sensitive to ambient conditions. Therefore devices are usually laminated with a protective layer. In this study high cyclic bending fatigue experiments were conducted on 2000 oA thick copper thin films sputter deposited on 127 μm polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate laminated with another 127 μm PET layer. High magnification images were used to observe crack initiation and propagation in the thin film layer. Initial results showed a great influence of laminate layer on stress reduction in the thin film. Furthermore, a lamination layer causes cracks to spread out on a larger area with fine cracks and therefore reduce the chance of the cracks to meet and grow.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7956, Advances in Display Technologies; and E-papers and Flexible Displays, 79560X (2 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.874226
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Khalid Alzoubi, Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Mohammad M. Hamasha, Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Mark Schadt, Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Susan Lu, Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Bahgat Sammakia, Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Mark Poliks, Binghamton Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7956:
Advances in Display Technologies; and E-papers and Flexible Displays
Karlheinz Blankenbach; Liang-Chy Chien; Sin-Doo Lee; Ming Hsien Wu, Editor(s)

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