Brazing, Soldering

8 Tools for Brazing, Braze Welding & Soldering: Beginners Guide

How does Brazing Metal Work? 

Brazing essentially joins working parts by  heating the parts to  840°F or more & potentially adding a filler metal that melts at a temperature under that of  this base metal. Filler metal flows into the joint via a capillary liquid that rises. This process is called capillary attraction.

Brazing vs Soldering

There are a few similarities between soldering & brazing, however there are many more important metallurgical contrasts.  Both are utilized to fuse metals together, essentially forming a metal bond between the pieces of the work, but the bonding devices are extremely dissimilar .  Let’s compare the two with a closer look at soldering vs brazing:

Soldering is a joining operation where filler metal totally melts below 840°   Fahrenheit, and on the flip, brazing is a joining operation in which the filler metal totally melts at temperatures above 840° Fahrenheit . These operations both utilize capillary action to shell out the molten filler metal in between the non-melted base metals that are being fused, and the base metals must be completely rid of grime(oil, lube, dirt) particles before being fused.

Soldering  is usually practiced at way lower temperatures than brazing. frequent soldering temperatures will usually range in the 300-500°F temperatures, despite a few soldering projects demanding a little more heat, but brazing is frequently utilized at a range of 1200°F -2300°F  temperatures.

Metallurgically, with higher temperatures demanded in brazing, the result is in extremely different joint functionality as compared to soldering.  Conversely, the lower temperatures when soldering usually allows only small amounts of inter-alloying as far as the filler and  base metals being joined, brazing frequently yields a long interactivity between the filler metal and base metal.  Thus, the way they behave in functionality will very much contrast, in a few ways:

Fatigue Resistance

Fatigue Resistance

Fatigue Resistance

1.   A correctly brazed joint must be able to deal with  the fatigue placed on the joint using thermal cycling, while solder joints with all things equal is typically  likely to fail by means of the solder joint,given that the degree of alloying using the base metal is typically so much smaller with soldering than it is with brazing.

Joint Strength

2.  With solder joints,  base metals will  likely be very durable thus if the solder joint is extremely stressed throughout the process, failure will frequently take place by means of the solder itself.  A correctly brazed joint, notwithstanding, mustn’t fail by means of the BFM in the joint, but rather in the base metal outside of the base joint

We need to be more careful  when putting forth effort in analyzing the two methods of both soldering & brazing.  Despite a large amount of similarities in the way parts are processed by these two joining methods, the very large temperature differences between these two joining processes results in contrasting behaviors when they are exposed to extreme circumstances, while in use.

Why Do we Braze?

Brazing has many pur l be fused to metals usually when the non-metal has a coating

  • Unlike or dissimilar metals can be joined
  • Parts of the work can be brazed in lighter conditions, and intricate parts can be brazed in many steps by utilizing filler metals with progressively lower melting points
  • substances of different girth can be joined, as can cast & wrought metals
  • Metal properties of the base parts will not be in a disturbed condition
  • The brazing joints do not require much finishing
  • Brazing can withstand precise dimensions
  • Brazing allows for thin metals to join with thicker metals
  • Brazing allows for metals and ceramics to be joined
  • Less stress on the work given the lower temperatures

How is Brazing Done?

Brazing is usualy done utilizing a  torch or brazed in a furnace. Some other uncommon modes are dip brazing, resistance brazing and induction brazing. So…

What is Torch Brazing?

Torch Brazing fuses relatively small parts  made from substances  that do not oxidize at 840 degrees or at your brazing temperature. The most prevalent fillers would be your aluminum, silver and copper alloys. Some form of flux is necessary if you are going to use these fillers.  Torch brazing is usually performed in air and is the most common brazing process.

Torch Brazing can be utilized with a gas heat to ”glue”  an electrode that is heated,  onto base metal parts.. for example you would use a welding tip on an Oxy-Acetylene rig, dialing the tanks to 4 psi and no more than 10psi on the oxygen ..this is different from cutting, you will not need as much oxygen and there won’t be a cutting jet. This will perform colder and slower then cutting (hot and fast) when you are doing this correctly.

Frequently, torch brazing is utilized with handheld oxyfuel gas torches many different fuels. But, there are many automated devices that use pre-placed fluxes and preplaced filler metal in paste, wire, or shim . The purpose of many machine of torch brazing projects  are used to yield  lap joints. Joints can be brazed very fast, but as we mentioned earlier, the speed decreases as the parts thicken.

When to Furnace Braze?

We furnace braze when the material can:

  • Jig on its own or is  pre-assembled and placed in a jig
  • If brazing material can touch the joint
  • And if the section can survive heating the complete work

Furnace brazing is made for fabricating completed brazements, so the user does not need to be advanced and experienced. Pre-fluxed pieces or pieces that are pre-cleaned with a certain filler metal pre-placed at the joints are heated within these furnaces. Brazing may be performed in an air furnace with a flux, however, a protective atmosphere usually is required for a successful braze. The kind of atmosphere needed essentially relies on the substances/parts being brazed and which filler metal being utilized

 

Rectorseal Flux Solder

Some Necessary Tools For Brazing

 

Mudder Silver Solder Wire

 

 

Brazing Rods By Blue Demon

 

 

 

 

Braze Torch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are times when silver & hard soldering get interchangeably incorrectly referred to as brazing. However, brazing differs from soldering because with brazing the temps are  840 degrees fahrenheit and greater which is below the melting point of  base metals. The metals do not get fused but instead
adhered together by the filler held onto the base via (big scientific word) “Capillary action”.
There are a myriad of brazing techniques, Here are just a few:

  • Dip brazing
  • Torch brazing
  • Furnace brazing
  • Induction brazing

Feeler

The hobby welder will more commonly meddle with torch welding more-so than the other kinds. Torch brazing is utilized using an oxy fuel torch that takes acetylene for its fuel intake. In order for brazing to function property, the  distance  between the parts must be in the range of 0.002” and0.010”.

Furthermore, if the distance is closer and out of this range, both the flux & filler metal cannot have even flow when penetrating  any joint. inversely, if the it is too large of a gap, the durability of the joint is weakened. Distances in between components can be gauged  with a Feeler
Make sure that the components being brazed are free from rust, any corrosion, grease, oil, and after cleaning, any cleaning residuals. We recommend Rust-Oleum products for removing any of these particles.

Brazing is frequently  found to be utilized in commercial applications, in forging different types of metals including  tungsten carbide tipped blades. Another typical application for brazing is in bike framing. Since almost all metals can be forged using the brazing method, many art form applications utilize brazing to get to the finished project(s) phase.

Tungsten Carbide Tipped Blades

Comparing The Two

Braze welding draws comparisons to the  oxyacetylene gas method  besides the fact that the parent (base metals) are not scorched, so  with brazing you will not find a molten puddle. In place of a steel filler rod,  a flux filler is incorporated. Another misconception is that Braze welding is the same as brazing. The problem with that is braze welding avoids using capillary action to place filler applicant within the joint—the filler metal is then expressed as a fillet or groove.

Furthermore, the brazing rod is scorched by the temperature of the metal & flame, but be careful not told hold it in the actual flame. The components for braze welding should fit snug, but the distance is
not as crucial like it is when brazing. Braze welding is utilized for joining different forms of metals and for metals of dissimilar  girth. This method is often utilized to fix severed or brittled down cast iron.
Braze welding brings out more clarity in the parts, more than oxyacetylene  because there is less heat
involved/directed at the parts

Disadvantages

A disadvantage is that it is not as strong as welding where the base metal is melted, but a well-made braze weld is still sufficient for most non structural applications. Because the base metals do not need to be melted, braze welding can be done with  most any of the fuel gases .If you are creating a piece that will be welded and braze welded, you must be careful to complete the non-brazed welds first. The heat involved with all other welding processes will boil off the brass alloy of a braze weld, ruining the weld and creating toxic fumes.

Why Braze Welding

Braze welding is helpful for forging thinner metal, (Expanding to a more thicker cut, but relatively thin). Make sure to heat the aggregate (all parts), diverting more heat along the thicker layer. Be patient as it can take aquite a while for the thicker metal to heat to the right temperature. Utilizing Rutland Fire Brick  will prevent a metal table from absorbing heat.

Point not to be overlooked: When both metal parts glow a dull red during a braze session, make contact  with the
flux coated rod to the joint. The flux and the filler
metal will have melted. If the metal liquifies or the fluxed rod touches the flame, the flux will be torched and
the filler metal will have boiled. This will have created in   a lousy joint in addition to giving off toxic fumes.

 

Brazing Mild Steel Steps

If you are new to brazing there is a tendency to make it more difficult then it is and we implore you to practice on mild steel. After you perfect it,  you can go into more challenging aspects of brazing. Use Oxy Acetylene torch.

Step 1

soot

When you light the torch by opening the acetylene knob, you first you want to get rid of any black soot  if there is any, because that black sut leads to impurities in the braze joint. In this case all  you have to do is add more acetylene until you get a acetelyne “feather”

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

Turn the oxygen knob to get oxygen into the acetylene flame continuing to add oxygen until there is a neutral flame .This small cone closest to the torch tip is a neutral flame.

 

 

When using metal pieces that are the same diameter(easiest kind of braze), make sure to heat them up evenly, to red hot. You will know if you have gone too far if there is soot and fumes start to build up along with melting off the base metal

Base metals overheated and soot/fumes forming

and the brazed joint is pitted (not smooth).

 

Step 3

Light the torch flame over these pieces so that they are evenly heated, getting them to red hot and then placing the brazing rod in between the torch and metal to be brazed.

Good form. Base metals heated properly

Step 4

 

Make sure to let the joint cool off and wire brush any residue in the process.

Correctly cooled and brushed

 

 

 

If in the case the base metals are not heated to red hot, a glob of bronze will form and can easily be flicked off (no holding power at all) so make sure you scorch the base metal hot enough for this not to happen.

Glob formed= Parent metals were not heated enough. Joint pitted= metals were over heated

The more challenging brazes would be brazing lighter material to heavier material or brazing copper to steel.

Copper(lighter) with Steel(heavier

 

 

 

 

 

This may also force you to change to a larger or smaller brazing tips.

You may find that the carbonizing flame works better than the neutral flame. Instead of always holding the flame perpendicular to the torch, rotating the torch is helpful in certain condition especially when brazing lighter materials to heavy materials.

 

 

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