PCB Material Thermal/Mechanical Consideration

PCB Material Thermal and Mechanical Consideration

Microvias PCB in India

Glass Transition Temperature (Tg)

Glass Transition Temperature
  • The temperature at which the resin changes from a glass-like and relatively brittle state into a molten or rubber-like state changing its mechanical behavior, i.e. expansion rate
  • The glass transition takes place over a temperature range
  • Electrical and mechanical properties change as the material goes through the glass transition
  • The Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) increases dramatically above the glass transition temperature
Low130-140 Deg CConsumer electronics, Instrumentation
Mid150 Deg CMemory storage, PC & Notebook, game station
High>175 Deg CAutomotive, Industrial, Aerospace, Military, Networking&communication


PCB Thermal Expansion

Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE)

  • The CTE of a base laminate is the rate of expansion as a function of temperature change
  • In glass reinforced composite laminate the X-Y CTE is significantly lower (16-18 PPM) than the Z axis (55-60 PPM) since the glass fabric constrains primarily in the X-Y plane.  CTE increases dramatically above the glass transition point
  • Mismatched in plane X-Y CTE with respect to component package CTE can result in solder joint failure
  • Excessive Z axis expansion can result in hole barrel failure due to barrel cracks and corner cracks
Re-enforced Glass fabric


PCB Material Cross section

Thermal Decomposition Temperature (Td)

Thermal Decomposition Temperature
  • Thermal Decomposition Temperature Td: Measurement of the actual chemical and physical degradation of the laminate resin, based on mass loss vs. temperature.  A materials decomposition temperature is determined based on a 5 percent loss of the samples mass however, damage is occurring prior to the 5 percent weight loss !

Impact of Sequential Lamination

Sequential Lamination

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