Selection of Materials and Processes for High Reliability Assemblies – prof. Barrie Dunn

This course is based on experiences gained from over 40 years work in the space industry. It will contain a wide range of topics and lessons learned. The focus is on materials technology and processes with a European flavour.

  • Suggestions for the management and approval of materials and processes for high rel assemblies • General materials issues related to electronic boxes and corrosion • Wires and cables, solderability, red plague, etc • Workmanship related to soldered joints, crimping and wire-wrapping • Assessment of printed circuit board suppliers • Assessment of surface mount technology lines and finished pcb assemblies for harsh environments • Training of operators and inspectors • Lead-free control planning • Non-destructive testing

The objective of this course is to assist scientists and engineers select the ideal material or manufacturing process for spacecraft and high reliability electronic hardware.

Prof. Barrie Dunn

Barrie Dunn is a metallurgical engineer and Honorary Professor at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Initially employed by a large US electronics manufacturing company, he joined the European Space Agency and later became its Head of Materials and Processes (M&P) Division. He has supported all ESA space projects until retiring in 2010 and now actively assists national space agencies, the European Commission and industry as a materials expert. Barrie co-wrote the majority of European Cooperation for Space Standards M&P specifications, initiated 6 European skills training schools for electronic assembly and founded the successful annual Electronic Materials and Processes for Space (EMPS) workshops. He graduated with a BSc (Hons), later gaining his MPhil and PhD in materials science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society; Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and a Chartered Engineer. He received a Special Recognition Award for his contributions to the IPC in 2015. He has published 130 technical papers and is author of three books, the latest being Materials and Processes for Spacecraft and High Reliability Applications (Springer, Heidelberg, 2016).