With skill and the right technique, welders use heat to bring two metals together. This can be done using a variety of different types of metals and different techniques to get the perfect finish for your welding project. Experienced welders know that when you pair the right metal with the right technique and just the right amount of heat, you can transform a piece of metal with very little effort.
Let’s take a closer look at bronze welding – and why you would need it.
Understanding Bronze Welding
Sometimes referred to as braze welding, bronze welding most commonly uses MIG/MAG welding which is very similar to conventional methods of welding. It involves the process of bringing two pieces of bronze together by melting them with heat in order to form a strong joint.
Bronze welding can also be used with all different types of metal, too. For instance, a bronze filler rod can be used to join the two metals together successfully.
When You Need Bronze Welding
Welding generally requires bringing metals to their melting point in order to link them together. But since each metal has a different melting point, this can be a bit challenging. Choosing a low-heat filler rod, such as bronze, allows you to disregard those differences and bring the two different metals together. The bronze can easily melt when heated and the welding can be done without compromising the integrity of the two metals you are joining.
So, while you can technically weld two or more bronze pieces together with simplicity, it is common to use bronze welding with metals like cast iron to steel, stainless steel to steel, copper to steel, etc.
Things to Know About Welding Bronze
Before you jump into welding bronze, it is a good idea to gather all the useful tips you can. That way you get the cleanest weld the first time around. Here are a few you may find helpful:
- When welding bronze, the metal itself doesn’t melt, allowing it to keep its physical properties.
- Unlike many conventional welding requirements, there is no in-depth preheating necessary.
- There are different types of bronze welding that you will want to familiarize yourself with so that you always choose the best option. The most common types include: oxyacetylene welding, gas metal-arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, shielded metal-arc welding, carbon arc welding, and metal arc welding.
- Argon gas is commonly used as the shielding gas to transfer the heat from the electrode to the bronze while still protecting the surrounding area when using certain welding types, such as tig welding.
- Always be sure to use the right welding rod for the particular metals in your bronze welding. If you don’t know what to use, ask the experts.
Never underestimate the joint created by bronze welding just because it is done at a lower temperature. Believe it or not, bronze welding often provides you with a much stronger joint than others.
Atlas Bronze is a leading distributor and supplier of Bronze, Copper, Brass and Iron products. They supply brass bronze from their warehouse located in Trenton, New Jersey and a few other depots throughout the country.