- Posted by Mari Carmen López
- On January 15, 2020
Cross-sectioned resistors are metallographic prepared in ALTER TECHNOLOGY Materials & Processes Laboratory, recognized as a recommended facility for such activity by ESA authority (MEMO ESA-TECMSP-MO-013165).
Sample & Method
Resistors assembled to a PCB have been submitted to the ECSS verification program. The metallographic analysis allows us to check the status of such devices after performing the environmental tests (vibration & thermal cycling).
Microsectioning inspection of the resistor joints showed incomplete wetting in one of the contacts. In this case, the solder may not flow freely all the way to the end of the contact. The solder which is present on the contact is probably coming from the pretinning of the device.
Responsible for Materials & Processes Laboratory
Mari Carmen has a degree in Degree in Chemistry and a PhD. in Materials Science.
She is responsible for the Materials & Process Laboratory of Alter Technology. Her work is focused on investigating the effects of the environment on electrical components, materials, and processes. As the head of the laboratory, she also manages the studies conducted to evaluate the quality of a bare or assembled printed circuit board in relation to ECSS standards or according to the customer’s specifications.