Local, submicron, strain gradients as the cause of Sn whisker growth

Sobiech, M.; Wohlschlögel, M.; Welzel, U.; Mittemeijer, E. J.; Hügel, W.; Seekamp, A.; Liu, W.; Ice, G. E.
June 2009
Applied Physics Letters;6/1/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 22, p221901
Academic Journal
It has been shown experimentally that local in-plane residual strain gradients occur around the root of spontaneously growing Sn whiskers on the surface of Sn coatings deposited on Cu. The strain distribution has been determined with synchrotron white beam micro Laue diffraction measurements. The observed in-plane residual strain gradients in combination with recently revealed out-of-plane residual strain-depth gradients [M. Sobiech et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 011906 (2008)] provide the driving forces for whisker growth.


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