Molded IGBT modules are widely used in low power motor drive applications due to their advantage like compactness, low cost, and high reliability. Thermo-mechanical stress is generally the main cause of degradation of IGBT modules and thus much research has been performed to investigate the effect of temperature stresses on IGBT modules such as temperature swing and steady-state temperature. The temperature swing duration is also an important factor from a real application point of view, but there is a still lack of quantitative study. In this paper, the impact of temperature swing duration on the lifetime of 600 V, 30 A, 3-phase molded Intelligent PowerModules (IPM) and their failuremechanismsare investigated. The study is based on the accelerated power cycling test results of 36 samples under 6 different conditions and tests are performed under realistic electrical conditions by an advanced power cycling test setup. The results show that the temperature swing duration has a significant effect on the lifetime of IGBTmodules. Longer temperature swing duration leads to the smaller number of cycles to failure. Further, it also shows that the bond-wire crack is the main failuremechanismof the tested IGBT modules.
- IGBT module
- Power cycling test
- Failure mechanism
- Junction temperature swing duration