Failure modelling in flexible electronics

O. Sluis, van der, R.A.B. Engelen, P.H.M. Timmermans, G.Q. Zhang

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The first part of this paper deals with the analysis of layer buckling and delamination of thin film multi-layer structures that are used in flexible display applications. To this end, 250 nm thick indium tin oxide (ITO) layers have been deposited on a 200 µm thick high temperature aromatic polyester substrate (AryliteTM) with a 3 µm silica-acrylate hybrid hard coat (HC). Typical buckle morphologies are determined from two-point bending experiments, in which buckle widths and heights are measured after straighteningof the sample. Finite element simulations have been performed to estimate the corresponding interface properties and compressive strains in the layers, and to illustrate the effect of sample straightening on the buckle geometry. The second part considers the fracture sensitivity analysis of an active matrix Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display containing 512 x 256 pixels, with a typical pixel dimension of160 x 160 µm. Due to the large scale differences between the display and the TFT patterning a multi-scale modelling framework has been developed, which allows to include realistic material stacks and a detailed pixel geometry. The resulting patterning effect shows an anisotropic behaviour at both the pixel level and the global display level due to the multi-scale approach. Using the Area Release Energy(ARE) method an energy-based failure criterion has beenutilised to analyse cohesive failure at several (critical) locations in the pixel geometry. Specifically, the sensitivity to tunnelling cracks in the dielectric layers is regarded, which have been experimentally observed in comparable TFT samples that are subjected to tension. This local failure analysis allows for the identification of critical regionswithin the pixel geometry, which strongly depend on thelocation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 9th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Micro-Electronics and Micro-Systems (EuroSimE2008)
Place of PublicationNetherlands, Freiburg
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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