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Interactions Between the Materials in the Tube-Fin-Joints in Brazed Copper-Brass Heat Exchangers

The paper describes the interactions between the filler material and the copper fin in the joint in the CuproBraze® process. Due to the influence of the filler metal, part of the copper fin is alloyed. The influence of the time above the melting point of the filler material and of the maximum process-temperature were investigated. It was found that the time has the strongest influence. After laboratory tests and production scale tests a brazing window for the process has been established. That can be used to set up brazing cycles for different kind of furnaces. From a number of wind tunnel tests it has been confirmed that when the brazing is done within this window the alloying of the fin is limited that it does not have practical influence on the thermal performance of the heat exchanger.
Technical Paper

CuproBraze Manufacturing - Plant Design - Lock Seam Tubes

This is a short presentation over the differences between soft soldering and the brazing, CuproBraze®, manufacturing techniques. Additional process equipment is described and production principles are explained.
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OCP - Materials

Outokumpu Copper Strip AB has developed Copper alloys for use in heat exchanger applications where high temperature joining is employed. The alloys are basically low alloyed Copper and Brass. These alloys are particularly suitable for the brazing of Copper and Brass heat exchangers. For joining purposes an alloy has been developed as brazing filler material. That alloy has properties that give high strength at comparatively low brazing temperatures. All these alloys are being used in the CuproBraze process of manufacturing copper and brass heat exchangers. This paper will explain the properties of these materials and their use.