Welcome to Power Module Packaging, Failure Mechanisms, Lifetime Testing and Post Mortem Analysis


Power modules are the workhorse in wind, solar and drives applications. Power modules can be destroyed instantaneously, however in applications lifetimes are expected to be 20 years.

Strong and the same time fragile you need to understand the power modules to design and manufacture them properly. This course bring you under the skin of power modules and introduces the multidisciplinary knowledge needed to understand packaging assembly processes, materials and layouts, as well as failure mechanisms. From the application point of view lifetime monitoring and lifetime test methods are introduced. Aging of power modules include fatigue of bond wire and soldering analysis methods are introduced.

The course is conducted by physicists and engineers with experience from the university packaging laboratory building 10kV SiC power modules and with experience of analyzing and testing industry standard power modules for higher powers.


Engineers and physicists open for multidisciplinary work. The course is based on the experience and learning’s assembly power modules during some years and therefore the course are intended for people who are new to the packaging of power modules. The language will be English and the academic level will be for engineers and physicist the engineers are expected to know application converters and the physicist are expected to know materials and semiconductors.

Organizer: Professor Stig Munk-Nielsen, e-mail: smn@et.aau.dk

Lecturers: Postdoc Kristian Bonderup Pedersen, Head of Department of Physics and Nanotechnology Kjeld Pedersen, Associate Professor Christian Uhrenfeldt, Associate Professor Szymon Michal Beczkowski, and Professor Stig Munk-Nielsen,

ECTS: 5.0

Time: 7-9 March 2016

Place: Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg East

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 15 February 2016

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.