||The creation of small-scale structures ranging from thin film electronic systems to micro fuel cells has been prevalent within industry, academia and national laboratory research over the last fifty years. As fabrication methods have improved, designs have migrated to smaller length scale components and the push toward characterizing reliability of these small-scale structures has highlighted the existence of competing failure mechanisms. This symposia will focus on failures in small scale structures (flexible and semiconductor electronic systems, actuators, resonating cantilever, biological systems, fuel cells, MEMS devices, etc) and will discuss combinations of possible failure mechanisms. Possible mechanisms could include, but are not limited to: electromigration, diffusion, crack formation and propagation, oxidation, corrosion, fatigue (thermal, corrosion, cyclic), creep, delamination, etc. Both experimental and modeling of these events are encouraged, as well as analysis of statistical variation.
Proposed systems of interest:
Flexible and Semiconductor Electronic Systems
Small-scale sensors and actuators