Definition of reflow in English:

reflow

noun

  • 1Computing
    (in word processing) the action of rearranging text on a page after having changed such features as type size, line length, and spacing.

  • 2Electronics
    A soldering technique in which surface-mount components are held in position on a circuit board using a paste containing solder which melts to form soldered joints when the circuit board is heated.

    ‘During reflow of the solder joints of the electronic module by heating, the modified passivation reacts with the polyamine at the amine functionality.’
    • ‘The underside of the MCM is covered with a grid of solder ball contacts that have a relatively coarse spacing of 2-3 mm and can be attached to a circuit board using standard SMD or solder reflow techniques.’
    • ‘Various techniques are available for hermetic sealing include resistance welding and solder reflow.’
    • ‘This will use short pins into placing holes with a solder reflow process rather than the through hole pressfit technique which usually means hand insertion but gives more mechanical strength.’
    • ‘The instrument and method may be used in the manufacture of integrated circuits, for instance in determining how much time an integrated circuit package spends between an equilibration temperature and a reflow temperature.’

Pronunciation

reflow

/ˈrēˌflō/ /ˈriˌfloʊ/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Computing
    (in word processing) rearrange (text) on a page, having changed such features as type size, line length, and spacing.

    ‘my desktop publisher must reflow copy from one column to another automatically’
    • ‘This means constantly reflowing the displayed elements, which may be delivered out of order (a problem word processors don't have).’
  • 2Electronics
    Attach (a surface-mount component) using the reflow technique.

    ‘a kit designed to reflow the majority of surface-mounted devices’
    • ‘This is a method and apparatus for assembling ball grid array components on printed circuit boards by reflowing before placement’
    • ‘The electronics industry utilizes hot gas soldering to reflow or melt solder in localized areas on circuit assemblies.’
    • ‘An anneal procedure is then performed resulting in a planar top surface topography of the reflowed BPSG layer.’
    • ‘I took some advice from the usually spot-on Simon and spent a pleasant two hours reflowing the solder on the circuit board in the hope of finding the dry joint… but to no avail.’

Pronunciation

reflow

/ˈrēˌflō/ /rēˈflō/ /riːfloʊ/