Year of Publication

2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Material Science Engineering (MSMatSE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Materials Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Fuqian Yang

Abstract

There is great need to understand the mechanical properties of lead-free alloys—an alternative of lead-based alloys—to address the environmental problems associated with the use of lead-based materials in microelectronics. In this work, the microstructures of Bi57In26Sn17 lead-free alloy were examined using Optical Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy analysis. The micro-indentation technique was used to study the mechanical properties of Bi57In26Sn17 lead-free alloy. The experimental results of the hardness and contact modulus were presented and discussed. Local creep during the indentation was observed from the load-displacement curves. The Vickers hardness (HV) increases with the decrease of the indentation depth, suggesting that the alloy exhibits indentation size effect.

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