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A Novel Scheme in Thermal Modeling of Printed Circuit Boards

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Wenjun Liu, Min-Young Lee, Mehdi Asheghi

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Younes Shabany

Flextronics, San Jose, CA

Paper No. IPACK2005-73268, pp. 385-391; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS, and Electronic Systems collocated with the ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Advances in Electronic Packaging, Parts A, B, and C
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 17–22, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4200-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3762-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper presents a simple yet novel analytical approach to model the heat conduction in a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) by taking advantage of the large thermal conductivity contrast between the copper and glass-epoxy layers. The model provides a compact expression for the effective thermal resistance of a PCB and captures an approximate 2-dimensional temperature distribution within the PCB copper layer using simple one-dimensional fin equations in successive copper-glass epoxy layers. The results for effective thermal resistance and temperature distributions in copper layers agree within ±10% of those predicted using finite element (FEM) simulations. The present approach can significantly improve the system level thermal modeling and design of single and multi-component PCBs.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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