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Metallurgical aspect of a joint made of Inconel 718 and CuCrZr brazed with Ag-Cu eutectic filler

Aeronautics and Aerospace Open Access Journal
Fabio Scherillo, Andrea el Hassanin, Antonino Squillace

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The realization of bimetallic structures is one of the major challenges of manufacturing industry, to this aim different technologies are employed, among these vacuum brazing presents some advantages: this technology, in fact, is relatively easy to use and the relative low temperature and low process time employed, avoid the formation of brittle intermetallics and thermally affected zones. An application of vacuum brazing technology is the realization of regenerative thrust chamber for rocket engines where cooling channels of CuCrZr are joined to Inconel 718 combustion chamber. In this work the critical metallurgical aspects occurring during brazing of Inconel 718 and CuCrZr using eutectic Ag-Cu filler are described in detail. These aspects include the formation of two distinct metallurgical zones inside the filler and an interdiffusion zone with Kirkendall porosity at the interface Inconel 718-Brazing Alloy. The analysis of fracture surface after tensile tests indicates that the interdiffusion zone is the weak point of the joint.


Inconel 718, CuCrZr, brazing, CuSil