VACUUM (OR FLUXLESS) BRAZING-GAS QUENCHING OF 6061 ALUMINUM ALLOY
EDGEWOOD ARSENAL ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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An investigation was made to provide a process or method for producing helium leak-tight containers under controlled processing and therefore with a high level of compatibility. The concept evolved around combining vacuum brazing and gas quenching into one operation. The parts were quenched in the furnace after brazing or solution treating. The advance into the field of vacuum brazing-gas quenching has provided a definite advance in the field of manufacturing for high or low volumes of items. As a result of the investigation, the following conclusions were drawn 1 Vacuum brazing-gas quenching is feasible for production quantities of complex and simple items. 2 The application of such a process is not limited to 6061 aluminum, but can be extended to ferrous and nonferrous alloys. 3 The future for a process such as vacuum brazing-gas quenching is unlimited at the present time.
- Fabrication Metallurgy
- Containers and Packaging