Title: Fatigue life investigation of the 15 μm thick ThELMA epitaxial polysilicon
Authors: Ferraris, Eleonora ×
Fassi, Irene
Del Sarto, Marco #
Issue Date: Feb-2008
Publisher: American Scientific Publishers
Series Title: Sensor Letters vol:6 issue:1 pages:57-68
Abstract: This work deals with the investigation of the fatigue characteristics of the industrial 15 um thick ThELMATM epitaxial polysilicon, used by STMicroelectronics for the development of their commercial products. The aim was to supply the customer with the reliability limits of this structural material during the practical usage. Tests were applied to 1 DoF Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) which contains flexure hinges and which is actuated by a rotate comb finger driver. The testing methodology bases on the monitoring of the Device Current (DC), which is proportional to the actuator oscillation. An indirect control of the system operation was then possible and the sample-breaking event was registered by electrical measurements. By acquiring the 2st or the 1nd harmonic of the output signal, either single tests at wafer level or parallel measurements via hardware were taken respectively. The experimental results are here presented and compared to the literature data, based on a critical discussion on the up-to-date fatigue failure mechanisms investigated on MEMS. The computed slope of the relative strength reduction to the number of cycles to failure (S-N curve) is -0.0175. It follows similar trend extracted by literature data performed in different loading conditions of frequency, thus supporting the not time depending failure mechanism theory
Description: Special Issues on Thermal, Mechanical and MultiPhysics Simulation and Experiments in
Microelectronics and Microsystems (EUROSIME'2006)

Guest Editors S. Marco and S. Mariani
ISSN: 1546-198X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section
Mechanical Engineering Technology TC, Technology Campus De Nayer Sint-Katelijne-Waver
Technologiecluster Werktuigkundige Industriële Ingenieurstechnieken
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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