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ElectroComponent Science and Technology
Volume 6 (1980), Issue 3-4, Pages 247-251

Influence of the Substrate on the Electrical Properties of Thick-Film Resistors

1F. I. Magneti Marelli, Systems and Electronics Division, Pavia 27100, Italy
2Istituto di Fisca dell'Università, Laboratorio di Elettronica, Modena 41100, Italy

Received 20 July 1979

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The effect of substrate type on the electrical properties of thick film resistors is determined. Five different substrates are used. The following properties are investigated: – thermal expansion, resistor profiles, resistance, TCR and resistor gauge factor. The resistors are physically inspected using X-ray diffractometry and electron probe analysis. This paper shows that conduction mechanism models for thick-film resistors generally need not take into account chemical and structural interactions with the substrate. However the effect of substrate on TCR values is significant for resistors exhibiting a large piezoresistive effect.