A numerical procedure for simulating delamination growth on interfaces of interconnect structures

Tz Cheng Chiu, Chun Hui Chen

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A fracture mechanics based numerical approach is developed for modeling delamination growth on materials interfaces in integrated circuit (IC) interconnects. In this approach, the heterogeneous interconnect structures neighboring the cracked interface are approximated by homogenized layers with transversely isotropic elastic properties. Evolution of the interface crack under fatigue condition is modeled by using an incremental approach, in which the fracture mechanics parameters including the strain energy release rate, the normalized stress intensity factors and phase angles are first estimated by post-processing finite element solutions. The fracture mechanics parameters along the curvilinear front of the interface crack are then substituted into a steady-state fatigue crack growth model for obtaining the crack growth increments. The process is repeated to simulate subsequent crack growth for predicting interconnect structural reliability under fatigue condition. The evolution of an interface corner crack in a back-end-of-line (BEOL) Cu/low-k interconnect structure under temperature cycling condition is considered as an application example of the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1464-1474
Number of pages11
JournalMicroelectronics Reliability
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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