Phase equilibria in the Sn-rich corner of the Sn–Cu–Ni ternary alloy system at 240 °C


The interfacial reactions between solders and under bump metallization (UBM) have been of great interest recently in flip chip technology. Intermetallic compounds (IMCs), i.e., (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 and (Ni,Cu)3Sn4, usually formed between solders and UBM. To fully understand the interfacial reactions and phase transformation phenomenon, a suitable phase diagram concerning solders, IMCs, and UBM materials is required. In particular, a Sn-rich phase region in the Sn–Cu–Ni ternary diagram is very critical in determining the concentration tendency of x and y values in (Ni1−x,Cux)3Sn4 and (Cu1−y,Niy)6Sn5 compounds. In this study, ternary Sn–Cu–Ni alloys were prepared and annealed at 240 °C. Three equilibrium phases, Sn, Ni3Sn4, and Cu6Sn5, were identified by x-ray diffraction analysis and also showed in backscattered electron imaging. Using electron probe microanalysis quantitative analysis, three acme compositions of the ternary region in the Sn–Cu–Ni isotherm near the Sn-rich corner were determined as 98.5 at.% Sn, (Ni0.80, Cu0.20)3Sn4 and (Cu0.59,Ni0.41)6Sn5. In addition, the solubility of Cu and Ni in (Ni,Cu)3Sn4 and (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 compounds was evaluated. Finally, the isothermal section of the ternary Sn–Cu–Ni system at 240 °C was proposed on the basis of experimental results in this study.

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Li, CY., Duh, JG. Phase equilibria in the Sn-rich corner of the Sn–Cu–Ni ternary alloy system at 240 °C. Journal of Materials Research 20, 3118–3124 (2005).

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