Welding, Brazing and Soldering
Copper and copper alloys offer a unique combination of material properties that makes them advantageous for many manufacturing environments. This article begins with a discussion on common metals that are alloyed with copper to produce the various copper alloys. It then reviews the factors that affect the weldability of copper alloys, including thermal conductivity of the alloy being welded, shielding gas, type of current used during welding, joint design, welding position, and surface condition. The article provides information on arc welding processes such as gas-metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, submerged arc welding, plasma arc welding, and gas-tungsten arc welding. It concludes with a discussion on safe welding practices.