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Interfacial characterization of flexible hybrid electronics
Author(s): Sara Najafian; Alireza V. Amirkhizi; Scott Stapleton
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Paper Abstract

Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHEs) are the new generation of electronics combining flexible plastic film substrates with electronic devices. Besides the electrical features, design improvements of FHEs depend on the prediction of their mechanical and failure behavior. Debonding of electronic components from the flexible substrate is one of the most common and critical failures of these devices, therefore, the experimental determination of material and interface properties is of great importance in the prediction of failure mechanisms. Traditional interface characterization involves isolated shear and normal mode tests such as the double cantilever beam (DCB) and end notch flexure (ENF) tests. However, due to the thin, flexible nature of the materials and manufacturing restrictions, tests mirroring traditional interface characterization experiments may not always be possible. The ideal goal of this research is to design experiments such that each mode of fracture is isolated. However, due to the complex nonlinear nature of the response and small geometries of FHEs, design of the proper tests to characterize the interface properties can be significantly time and cost consuming. Hence numerical modeling has been implemented to design these novel characterization experiments. This research involves loading case and specimen geometry parametric studies using numerical modeling to design future experiments where either shear or normal fracture modes are dominant. These virtual experiments will provide a foundation for designing similar tests for many different types of flexible electronics and predicting the failure mechanism independent of the specific FHE materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10596, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII, 105961T (22 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312103
Show Author Affiliations
Sara Najafian, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Alireza V. Amirkhizi, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Scott Stapleton, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10596:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII
Hani E. Naguib, Editor(s)

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