Electrical breakdown of a metallic nanowire mesh

Yuan Li, Kaoru Tsuchiya, Hironori Tohmyoh, Masumi Saka

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The electrical breakdown of a metallic nanowire mesh induced by Joule heating (i.e., melting) is investigated by solving the corresponding electro-thermal problem, where the effect of electromigration is neglected. A numerical computational program is firstly developed to simulate the temperature profile for a metallic wire mesh and investigate the melting current triggering the melting of mesh segment. The melting process of the mesh structure is investigated by analyzing the variation of melting current with regard to the melting propagation of mesh segment. On this basis, the melting behavior of a system of the mesh equipped with current source is predicted. For both current-controlled and voltage-controlled current source, local instability (i.e., at a constant current/voltage, several mesh segments melt simultaneously) and stable melting (i.e., the increase of current/voltage is necessary for the melting of mesh segment) will happen. Moreover, global instability (i.e., at a constant current, several mesh segments melt until the circuit of mesh opens) will occur only at the mode of current-controlled current source.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event13th International Conference on Fracture 2013, ICF 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2013 Jun 162013 Jun 21


Conference13th International Conference on Fracture 2013, ICF 2013


  • Electrical breakdown
  • Instability
  • Joule heating
  • Metallic nanowire mesh
  • Stable melting


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