Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Level



Mechanical Engineering


David Huitink

Committee Member/Reader

Uchechukwu C. Wejinya

Committee Member/Second Reader

David Huitink


Electronic flip chip assemblies consist of dissimilar component materials, which exhibit different CTE. Under thermal cyclic operating conditions, this CTE mismatch produces interfacial and interconnect stresses, which are highly dependent on system layout. In this paper, sensitivity analyses are performed using ANSYS FEA to establish how the proximity and arrangement of neighboring devices affect interconnect stress. Flip chip alignment modes ranging from edge-to-edge to corner-to-corner are studied. Results of these FEA studies, demonstrated that closely packing devices together has the effect of making them act as one. This results in a significant increase in the thermomechanical stresses induced on peripheral solder joints, heightening reliability risk. The sensitivity subsides gradually as device spacing increases, and eventually stops being a factor. 6mm is the threshold separation at which this occurs, in both edge-edge and corner-corner placement, for the system under analysis in this paper. Understanding the effect of system layout is instrumental for optimizing system design and improving reliability of power modules to meet the increasing power density needs.