Thermal analysis of printed circuit board degradation in a supercritical CO2 environment

Zhifeng Liu, Wangsheng Zhang, Hongchao Zhang

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The bonding material used in printed circuit boards (PCBs), a brominated epoxy resin, should degrade in an oxygen-free environment when the temperature is 300 °C or above, and this is the theoretical basis for recycling PCBs via thermal decomposition. But in the supercritical CO2 fluid environment, the epoxy resin should be incompletely pyrogenated at 260 °C. In this paper, a thermal analysis model of PCBs under high temperature and pressure is established, so the thermal stress that exists inside PCBs is described, and the results indicate that the thermal stress can promote the delamination and decomposition of PCBs in supercritical CO2 environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2229-2235
Number of pages7
JournalHuanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Epoxy resin
  • Printed circuit board (PCB)
  • Pyrogenation
  • Supercritical CO fluid
  • Thermal analysis


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