A. Kevin Parrott

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A novel open-ended microwave oven in the form of a waveguide cavity partially filled with dielectric is proposed for the microwave curing of bumps, underfills and encapsulants during flip-chip assembly. By adjusting the dimensions and the dielectric permittivity, a well defined resonance can be confined in the dielectric part with non-radiating evanescent(More)
A physically open, but electrically shielded, microwave open oven can be produced by virtue of the evanescent fields in a waveguide below cutoff. The below cutoff heating chamber is fed by a transverse magnetic resonance established in a dielectric-filled section of the waveguide exploiting continuity of normal electric flux. In order to optimize the fields(More)
The curing of a thermosetting polymer materials utilized on micro-electronics packaging applications can be performed using microwave systems. The use of microwave energy enables the cure process to be completed more rapidly than with alternative approaches due to the ability to heat volumetrically. Furthermore, advanced dual-section microwave systems(More)
Curing of encapsulant material in a simplified microelectronics package using an open oven Variable Frequency Microwave (VFM) system is numerically simulated using a coupled solver approach. A numerical framework capable of simulating electromagnetic field distribution within the oven system, plus heat transfer, cure rate, degree of cure and thermally(More)
The use of variable frequency microwave technology in curing of polymer materials used in microelectronics applications is discussed. A revolutionary open-ended microwave curing system is outlined and assessed using experimental and numerical approaches. Experimental and numerical results are presented, demonstrating the feasibility of the system.
Encapsulant curing using a Variable Frequency Microwave (VFM) system is analysed numerically. Thermosetting polymer encapsulant materials require an input of heat energy to initiate the cure process. In this article, the heating is considered to be performed by a novel microwave system, able to perform the curing process more rapidly than conventional(More)
Comparison of the performance of a conventional convection oven system with a dual-section microwave system for curing thermosetting polymer encapsulant materials has been performed numerically. A numerical model capable of analysing both the convection and microwave cure processes has been developed and is briefly outlined. The model is used to analyse the(More)
Summary form only given. Currently the vast majority of adhesive materials in electronic products are bonded using convection heating or infra-red as well as UV-curing. These thermal processing steps can take several hours to perform, slowing throughput and contributing a significant portion of the cost of manufacturing. With the demand for lighter, faster,(More)