Year of Publication

2013

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Dusan P. Sekulic

Abstract

This work involves investigation of the kinetics data of a joint formation during aluminum alloy brazing. Data was generated by several groups of experiments conducted under conditions of a controlled oxygen level of the background brazing atmosphere. Generated data are examined to identify the phases of the joint formation and the time frame of its evolution. Specifically, the triple line kinetics data are analyzed to verify whether a power law between (1) the triple line of the molten metal preceding joint formation and (2) the formation time can be established for each formation phase. In addition, both initial and residual clad thicknesses on brazing sheets are studied to check phenomenologically an impact of silicon diffusion on joint formation. Formation shapes are also inspected in order to study if a 2-D configuration of joint formation is present. The kinetics data from different sets of experiments under adverse atmosphere conditions are compared to understand the impact of oxygen level on joint formation. This study is not necessarily aimed at building a mathematical model for T-Joint formation during brazing process, but intends to understand possible influential parameters on the development of the formation.

KEYWORDS: Aluminum Brazing, Kinetics, T-Joint, Background Atmosphere, Capillary Flow.

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