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Structures and methods related to detection, sensing, and/or mitigating undesirable structures or intrusion events on structures

Abstract: 

A method and an apparatus for mitigating electrical failures caused by intrusive structures. Such structures can be tin whiskers forming on electrical circuits. In an illustrative embodiment, nano-capsules are filled with some type of insulative and adhesive fluid that is adapted to bind to and coat an intrusive structure, e.g., a whisker, making the whisker electrically inactive and thereby reducing the electrical faults that can be caused by the whisker. In another illustrative embodiment, randomly oriented nano-fibers having an elastic modulus higher than tin or any other whisker material is used to arrest a growth or movement of a whisker and further reduce a likelihood that a whisker can cause an electrical fault.

Inventors: 

N. Deshpande; F. Barsun; R. Shoultz

Patent Number: 
8907225
Technology Type(s): 
Engineering, materials
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
102519
Patent Status: 
Active
Patent Issue Date: 
December 9, 2014
Region
Midwest
State: 
Indiana
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