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Liquid Penetrant Inspection in Brazing?

CrackedJoint wsAlthough liquid-penetrant inspection, such as dye penetrant inspection (DPI) and fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI), are useful tools for inspecting fusion-welds, they should NOT be used for inspecting brazed joints.  This is especially true for any parts on which subsequent braze-repair may be required, such as many aerospace components that are vacuum-brazed, then placed in service for long periods of time, and then come back for later repair or rebuilding and then sent back out for more field-service.

DPI and FPI have long been used in the welding industry, and should certainly continue to do so, since weld-cracks and surface imperfections can readily be seen by these techniques and subsequently repaired without difficulties. by Dan Kay

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 15:28

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Brazing vs. Soldering

brazing-paste wsI am often asked about the differences between brazing and soldering.  Perhaps this is a good time to describe the two processes in more detail, so that readers can understand the significant differences between them.

There are some similarities between soldering and brazing, but many significant metallurgical differences.  They are both used to join metals together to form a bond between the metals being joined, but the bonding mechanisms are very different.  Let’s take a look at these two processes, and see how they compare. by Dan Kay

 

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Are Your Hands Clean Enough to Handle Parts for Brazing?

Bare-Hand wsA common concern in the brazing field is the cleanliness of parts that are to be brazed.  Some people think that cleanliness can be achieved by merely heating the parts in a furnace or via a torch-flame, and those high-heat conditions will effectively “burn off” any surface contaminants and render the parts sufficiently brazeable. NOT TRUE!

Parts that are going to be brazed need to be thoroughly cleaned prior to assembly for brazing, which usually involves degreasing of parts and thorough drying. Then, once the parts have been cleaned, they need to be handled and assembled with clean hands in order to maintain that surface cleanliness. So one important question to answer is:  “Can I get my hands clean enough to adequately handle surfaces that will be brazed? by Dan Kay

 

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Stainless Steel Brazing on Graphite Fixtures?

sensitization-1 wsOver the years the brazing and welding industries have noticed something strange that sometimes happens when joining 304-stainless steel assemblies for a wide variety of applications exposed to outdoor weather. They noticed that sometime after the weldment or brazement was placed in service in situations where the stainless-assembly was exposed to moisture (such as in outdoor applications for automotive, aerospace, and tooling applications, etc.), the stainless steel started rusting, as if it were made from a regular carbon-steel rather than stainless-steel.

In the weldments, as shown in Fig. 1, the rust was limited to a rust-band up to about a half inch wide (a centimeter or more), located about that same distance away from, and parallel to, each side of the weld (i.e., along both sides of the weld). In the brazements, which has been furnace-brazed, the rusting was more general, generally spread over the entire exposed surface of the furnace brazed component. by Dan Kay

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304 vs. 304L - An Answer to Carbide-Precipitation Issues

sensitization-1 wsOver the years the brazing and welding industries have noticed something strange that sometimes happens when joining 304-stainless steel assemblies for a wide variety of applications exposed to outdoor weather. They noticed that sometime after the weldment or brazement was placed in service in situations where the stainless-assembly was exposed to moisture (such as in outdoor applications for automotive, aerospace, and tooling applications, etc.), the stainless steel started rusting, as if it were made from a regular carbon-steel rather than stainless-steel.

In the weldments, as shown in Fig. 1, the rust was limited to a rust-band up to about a half inch wide (a centimeter or more), located about that same distance away from, and parallel to, each side of the weld (i.e., along both sides of the weld). In the brazements, which has been furnace-brazed, the rusting was more general, generally spread over the entire exposed surface of the furnace brazed component. by Dan Kay

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Two Frequently Misused Brazing Terms: "Passivation" (vs. pickling), and "Defect"

glossary-metal-terms-wsIt is surprising to hear people misuse several common metallurgical terms when they are trying to describe braze-prep or braze-inspection criteria. Two of these misused terms that I’ll talk about in this article are “Passivation” and “Defect”.

Passivation vs. Pickling - There is some confusion in the brazing industry regarding the correct use of the term “passivation” (when “pickling” is actually meant) when it comes to preparing metal surfaces for brazing.  The two terms, “passivation” and “pickling”, have completely opposite meanings, and thus, these two terms need to be clarified so that brazing personnel can use these two metallurgical terms properly.. by Dan Kay

Stainless QC-coupons to Determine Atmosphere-Quality In Your Furnace

t-shaped-specimens wsMonitoring the actual quality of the brazing atmosphere inside a vacuum-furnace during brazing cycles is very important, and is not hard to do. When vacuum brazing, you have to wait until the brazed parts are removed from the furnace at the end of the brazing cycle in order to see if everything was actually okay during that brazing cycle. If, when opening the furnace after a brazing cycle, you see that the parts you were trying to braze are discolored or poorly brazed, then how can you determine exactly what went wrong during that cycle, and how can you know when the brazing problem actually occurred (did it happen during heating, or during cooling, etc.)? Also, how do you determine whether the poor braze results are caused by physical problems with the furnace itself, or if they might be related to the brazed-component’s base-metal (parent-metal) composition, or perhaps with the brazing filler metal (BFM)? by Dan Kay

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