Brazing Aluminum to Copper Tubes with Induction
Objective: To heat an aluminum manifold to 1050 ºF (566 ºC) for a brazing application:
- Cu tubes (3/4″/19mm)
- Cu tubes (5/8″/15.8mm)
- AI tubes (3/8″/9.5mm)
- AI manifold (5/8″/15.8mm)
- AI manifold (3/4″/19mm)
- Lucas-Milhaupt Handy One alloy 30-832
- Braze wire
Temperature 1050 ºF (566 ºC)
Frequency 260 kHz
Equipment DW-UHF-10KW 150-500 kHz induction heating system equipped with a remote heat station containing two 1.5 μF capacitors.
- A two-turn oval helical induction heating coil designed and developed specifically for the aluminum assembly
- A five-turn helical induction heating coil designed and developed specifically for brazing the Cu tubes to AI joint assembly
Process Braze : pre-forms were designed to fit the aluminum tubes. Then the four aluminum tubes were placed into the manifold and the assembly was inserted into the coil. The assembly was heated for approximately 70 seconds, at which point it reached the targeted temperature and braze flowed. For the Cu tubes, a braze pre-form was also designed for them, wound around the tubes, and the assembly was placed inside the coil. The heating cycle time was approximately 100 seconds. Some joints required stick feeding of braze to fill the entire joint area due to the braze wire size. If the cycle time was lengthened, the need for stick feeding would be eliminated.
Results/Benefits: Precise, repeatable heating:
- The client wanted more precise and repeatable heating than a torch could deliver, which induction was able to achieve .
- Temperature control: Induction allows for superior temperature control when compared to other methods, including a torch, which the client desired