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Re: max FR4 PCB temperature and lifetime



Jan 1, 1970
Klaus said:

UL has a rule for maximum temperature on a PCB at 105 degrees C.

Standard FR4 can handle 130 degrees, and normally I have used 95
degrees as a maximum to have long lifetime of the PCB (discolouration
and delamination of the FR4)

I have tried to find a graph of lifetime versus PCB temperature, but
to no end. Have any of you ever seen one?

If it helps any, I designed an audio amp once with a PCB made out of that
white 'part synthetic' stuff CEM( not sure which grade ) It was partly in
contact with a heatsink ( over some area ) that could reach 120C. We had
no problems with it and I've seen units that are 10 years old.

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