Latest Guide for Copper Welding

Copper welding is not difficult. The amount of heat required for this welding is almost double that necessary for similar thickness steel.

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Copper is a good conductor of heat. It is recommended to use a tip one or two sizes larger than that required for steel to overcome the heat losses.

Supplemental heating is recommended when welding big areas of heavy thickness. This method results in a less porous weld.

You can weld copper with a slightly oxidizing flame because the oxide created by the flame protects the molten metal. The flame should be neutral if flux is applied to safeguard the molten metal.

For gas welded assemblies, oxygen-free copper (deoxidized copper rod) should be utilized rather than oxygen-bearing copper.

The rod’s composition should be identical to that of the base metal.

Overview

When welding copper sheets, heat is rapidly transmitted away from the welding zone, making it harder to reach the fusion point.

Increasing the temperature level of the sheet in areas 6.0 to 12.0 in. (152.4 to 304.8 mm) distant from the weld is frequently essential.

The weld should begin at a location away from the joint’s end and be completed with the addition of filler metal.

Following a return to the beginning position, the weld should be initiated and completed opposite the seam’s other end.

The torch should be held at about a 60-degree angle to the base metal throughout the operation.

It is recommended to reinforce the seam on the underside with carbon blocks or thin sheet metal to avoid unequal penetration.

These materials should be channeled or undercut to complete fusion to the joint’s base.

Metal should be coated on both sides of the weld to avoid heat transmission into the atmosphere.

Copper Welding
Preparation for copper welding using helium gas torch and filler.

It would allow for a gradual solidification and cooling of the molten metal in the weld.

Tip: 100% helium gas will generate the heat required to weld copper.

Copper Welding Demonstration

Overview

When welding copper sheets, heat is rapidly transmitted away from the welding zone, making it harder to reach the fusion point. Increasing the temperature level of the sheet in areas 6.0 to 12.0 in. (152.4 to 304.8 mm) distant from the weld is frequently essential. The weld should begin at a location away from the joint’s end and be completed with the addition of filler metal. Following a return to the beginning position, the weld should be initiated and completed opposite the seam’s other end. The torch should be held at approximately a 60-degree angle to the base metal throughout the operation.

It is recommended to reinforce the seam on the underside with carbon blocks or thin sheet metal to avoid unequal penetration. These materials should be channeled or undercut to complete fusion to the joint’s base. Metal should be coated on both sides of the weld to avoid heat transmission into the atmosphere. It would allow for a gradual solidification and cooling of the molten metal in the weld.

Tip: 100% helium gas will generate the heat required to weld copper.

Speed of Copper Welding

Welding speed should be consistent. Keep the end of the filler rod in the molten puddle. The outer flame envelope must shield the molten metal during the welding procedure.

If the metal does not flow smoothly throughout the operation, lift the rod and heat the base metal to red heat along the seam. The seam weld should be restarted and completed.

Welding of Thin Sheets

When welding thin sheets, it is preferable to use the forehand welding method. The backhand approach is favored for thicknesses of 1/4 in. (6.4 mm) or greater.

A primary butt junction with squared edges is ideal for sheets up to 1/8 in. (3.2 mm) thick. For thicknesses larger than 1/8 in. (3.2 mm), beveled edges with an incorporated angle of 60 to 90 degrees should be used. It will ensure penetration with widespread fusion.

Brazing operations employ butt, lap, and scarf joints regardless of whether the joint parts are flat, round, tubular, or have an irregular cross-section. Except in high diameter pipe joints, clearances for filler metal penetration should not exceed 0.002 to 0.003 in (0.051 to 0.076 mm).

Large-diameter pipe fittings may have clearances ranging from 0.008 to 0.100 in (0.203 to 2.540 mm). The joint can be formed using filler metal inserts, or the filler metal can be fed in from the outside once the joint has reached the required temperature.

The scarf joint is used to join bandsaws and in other situations where the lap’s double thickness is undesirable.

Copper Nickel Alloy Welding

Copper-nickel alloys are utilized in high purity applications, biofouling and bacteria resistance, and strong corrosion resistance. 

They have a high degree of strength and formability. Welding is not tricky if correct processes and environmental safeguards are followed.

Copper-nickel alloys are classified into 90/10 copper to nickel and 70/30 copper to nickel (70 percent copper and 30 percent nickel). Additionally, these are referred to as solution alloys. It means that any amount of copper is soluble in nickel and vice versa.

There is no requirement for preheating or post-weld heat treatments when working with copper-nickel alloys. Welding heat does not harden the weld or the heat-affected zone.

Copper Nickel Alloy Welding Introduction

The Copper Association’s five videos are available below.

TIG Welding Of Copper Nickel Alloy:

Pipe Welding Of Copper Nickel Alloy:

Shielded Metal Acr Welding Of Copper Nickel Alloy

Pulsed MIG Welding Copper Nickel Alloy:

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