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Trial Number 0

Trial Purpose:

Identify cleaners to remove flux and Hummiseal

Date Run:

01/02/1996

Experiment Procedure:

Twelve various circuit boards obtained from a reciever were cut down to a smaller size (approximately 3"x 3") and precleaned. Each part was weighed after precleaning and then contaminated with Humiseal 1B31 and Ersin 5381 RMA Flux. Both contaminants were allowed to set on the parts for six days in a convection oven set at 110 F. The parts were then weighed before cleaning.
Six different chemistries were tested for removal of both the flux and the Humiseal. All chemistries were used at their maximum recommended concentration, and at recommended temperatures.
SUBSTRATE MATERIAL: Circuit Boards
CONTAMINANTS: Humiseal 1B31& Ersin 5381 RMA Flux
CONTAMINATING PROCESS USED: Flux and coating applied on with a brush and allowed to set for 6 days.
A cleaning time of 15 minutes was used for each cleaners. Rinsing was performed in a tap water rinse tank of 130 F for one minute. The parts were run under air knives for 1 minute and then placed in a convection oven at 140 F for 20 minutes to dry. After drying, the parts were wieghed again to get a percent removal of contaminants and inspected under a black light to see how much residual contaminant was present.

Trial Results:

Gravimetric results were all screwed up so the results will not be judged on them.
Two chemistries seemed to show potential. Tech Spray Defluxer and WR Grace Daraclean 282. The Daraclean 282 removed all flux. The humiseal was not removed, but started to peel off after 15 minutes. After drying the humiseal was quite tacky on both of the circuitboards. The Tech Spray has a dissolving action on the Humiseal which I feel will end up in better cleaning than a lifting action. A slight bit of flux remained on the Tech Spray boards.
The Chemtronics, Valtron, Armakleen 2001 and Innovative Organics cleaners were all ineffective in removing both contaminants and will not be tested further.

GRAVIMETRIC RESULTS

Cleaning Solution: Tech Spray Inc. Aqueous Defluxer                                                                             

 

sample #

 

clean mass (g)

 

mass with contamination (g)

 

mass after cleaning (g)

 

contaminant removed (g)

 

Percent Removal

 

1

 

34.0402

 

34.4275

 

34.4950

 

‑0.0675

 

‑17.43%

 

2

 

22.5303

 

22.9010

 

22.8220

 

0.079

 

21.31%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

1.94%

 

Cleaning Solution: Chemtronics Super Bio-Wash

                                                                             

 

sample #

 

clean mass (g)

 

mass with contamination (g)

 

mass after cleaning (g)

 

contaminant removed (g)

 

Percent Removal

 

3

 

18.5089

 

18.9178

 

18.9144

 

0.0034

 

0.83%

 

4

 

16.7197

 

17.1085

 

17.1187

 

‑0.0102

 

‑2.62%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

‑0.90%

 

Cleaning Solution: Valtech Corp. Valtron SP2201

                                                                             

 

sample #

 

clean mass (g)

 

mass with contamination (g)

 

mass after cleaning (g)

 

contaminant removed (g)

 

Percent Removal

 

5

 

16.1899

 

16.4580

 

16.4592

 

‑0.0012

 

‑0.45%

 

6

 

25.0008

 

25.2955

 

25.2718

 

0.0237

 

8.04%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

3.80%

 

Cleaning Solution: Innovative Organics SC11

                                                                             

 

sample #

 

clean mass (g)

 

mass with contamination (g)

 

mass after cleaning (g)

 

contaminant removed (g)

 

Percent Removal

 

7

 

24.8917

 

25.2485

 

25.1977

 

0.0508

 

14.24%

 

8

 

21.9369

 

22.0782

 

22.0415

 

0.0367

 

25.97%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

20.11%

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Solution: Church & Dwight Armakleene E-2001

                                                                             

 

sample #

 

clean mass (g)

 

mass with contamination (g)

 

mass after cleaning (g)

 

contaminant removed (g)

 

Percent Removal

 

9

 

19.7927

 

20.1263

 

20.1480

 

0.0217

 

6.50%

 

10

 

14.9243

 

15.2423

 

15.2331

 

‑0.0092

 

‑2.89%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

1.81%

 

Cleaning Solution: WR Grace Daraclean 211

                                                                             

 

sample #

 

clean mass (g)

 

mass with contamination (g)

 

mass after cleaning (g)

 

contaminant removed (g)

 

Percent Removal

 

11

 

23.1156

 

23.3780

 

23.3075

 

0.0705

 

26.87%

 

12

 

14.9087

 

15.0416

 

15.0259

 

0.0157

 

11.81%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

19.34%

Success Rating:

Test incomplete or inconclusive.

Conclusion:

Cleaning time will have to be increased. Temperature should be kept as high as possiblevwithout damaging parts (maximum temp of 150-160 F). If longer cleaning times are not effective, new chemistries will have to be scoped out. Possible chemicals to be ordered:
Finger Lakes Company-Semi-Aqueous Electrical Cleaner
ADF Systems Ltd-Nutraclean 9 aqueous cleaner
Chem-Tech International-CT-24 Flux Remover
Envirosense Inc.-Envirogold Aqueous Cleaner
Rochester Midland Corp.-Alpha Excel
Terpene Tech.-Tarksol Semi Aqueous Terpene
Today & Beyond- Beyond 2003
London Chemical Co.-Longoterge

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