A robust and high quality metallization of 3D ceramic substrates is a key element of the success of this project and a necessity for a future industrial development of the research work that will be carried out during these two theses.
The work in progress on the material platform of the CEA of Toulouse already provides interesting results which allow to consider the first subject proposed here. However, during this work, we could highlight that a joint work between the material and power teams allows to improve the quality of the results by integrating the design for reliability aspect to the material. This is why, this second subject aims to treat in detail the realization of 3D metallized ceramic parts, in order to understand the evolution of the performances of the parts made according to the ceramics used, the metallization techniques, the nature of the metals, the designs, the processes... used.
Also, this thesis work will begin with the realization of flat ceramic structures on which will be carried out tests of metallization by using various techniques such as brazing of tracks, the deposit of layers of adhesion followed by electroplating, ...
These different techniques and interfaces will be subjected to aging and mechanical tests. In addition, morphological characterizations will be performed. The quality of the interfaces can also be evaluated by means of dielectric characterizations (measurement of dielectric rigidity, dielectric losses, I(V)).
Specimens will also be made to verify the mechanical, dielectric and thermal characteristics of the ceramic, which will provide the first thesis topic with material data.
Moreover, during the whole thesis, test vehicles will be realized in order to define the design rules to be used for the dimensioning of the power module.
Finally, 3D metallized ceramic parts will be realized and characterized in order to allow the realization of the power module defined in the first subject of thesis.