This paper reports the results of a study on the effect of the cooling rate during solidification on the isothermal shear-fatigue life of 60Sn/40Pb solder joints. Solder joints are made with three different initial microstructures by quenching, air-cooling, and furnace-cooling. The test results show that the quench-solidified solder joints have isothermal fatigue lives of about twice long as those of the furnace cooled solder joints tested at 20°C and 65°C with the straining rates of about 10−4 per s. These results are ascribed to the refined grain size and less lamellar phase morphology that results on increasing the cooling rate.

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