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Patented Mar. 6, 1945
Charles James Bushrod, 'Prestwich, Manchester,
England, assignor to Magnesium Elektron Lim
ited, London, England, a company of Great
'No‘ Drawing. Application April 26, 1943, Serial
No. 484,601. In Great Britain April 20, 1942
3 Claims. (Cl. 148-26)
This invention relates to welding ?uxes suit-v
is not su?iciently' clean. Whilst the ?uxes may
able for welding magnesium and magnesium base
contain up to 58% lithium chloride such a high
alloys. Welding of magnesium and its alloys has
percentage is undesirable from the point of view
heretofore been accomplished with welding ?uxes
of cost. A content of between 30 and 35% or be
made in accordance with British Patents Nos. 5 tween 25 and 40% lithium chloride is preferred.
313,487 and 339,923 and consisting of lithium and
A further dimculty was encountered with many
potassium chlorides and ?uorides. These ?uxes
?ux compositions viz. the formation of small de
are very suitable for magnesium base alloys con
taining aluminium and zinc and a very low per
centage of manganese e. g. Elektron (registered
pressions or dimples on the back of the weld
which occurs when the ?ux is applied to the back
of the weld as a paste with water or with any
trade-mark) alloy AZM containing about 6%
aluminium, 1% zinc, and 0.25% manganese.
other solvent containing hydroxyl groups (glyc
to remain in the weld which on removal leave
chloride content.
erine, alcohol, etc.). I find that this can be
However when using this ?ux on alloys contain
avoided by using over 14% (say 17.5 or 20%)
ing higher percentages of manganese (e. g. Elek
potassium ?uoride in a ?ux containing 30% lith
tron AM503 alloy containing about 1.5% man 16 ium chloride. This lower limit of potassium ?uo
ganese) there is a tendency for black particles
ride varies somewhat with variation of lithium
There is also an upper limit
small pits in the weld metal. I have ascertained
for the potassium ?uoride content above which
that these particles are rich in manganese. The
the melting point of the flux is too high; this
aforesaid ?uxes therefore although apparently 20 upper limit is about-25% potassium ?uoride for a
capable of dissolving mangesium and aluminium
30% lithium chloride content and rising to about
oxides did not dissolve manganese oxides. With a
30% potassium ?uoride-for a ?ux containing 35%
view to overcoming this difilculty I have tested a
lithium chloride. Some variation of this range is
very large number of possible ?ux compositions
permissible but the content of potassium ?uoride
and as a result I have found that ?uxes contain 25 in the ?ux of the present invention will always
ing lithium, magnesium and potassium halides in
be within the range 14-40% or preferably
certain percentages, would give clean welds with
both kinds of alloy whilst being satisfactory ?uxes
The lowest limit of magnesium chloride is 3%
in other respects e. g. with regard to low melting
although best results are obtained with 10% or
point and wetting power and reasonable cost.
over and we prefer 10 to 15%. Higher percen
Moreover it is possible to produce ?uxes from
tages of magnesium chloride may be employed
these halides without the use of sodium salts
but the evolution of hydrochloric acid fumes dur
which give rise to the bright sodium ?ame
ing welding increases with the increasing amount
which is objectionable to some we1._ers. A small
of magnesium chloride and if over 25%, of this
percentage of sodium salts can 1wowever be in 35 constituent is used, the fumes are su?icient to
cluded where this bright ?ame is not considered
cause discomfort to the operator when the ?ux
is used as an aqueous paste, and this, therefore,
Minor proportions of various other salts may
is regarded as the limit. Amounts over 25% also
also be included as will be described hereafter.
do not readily make a stable paste because forma
I will now further describe the results of my 40 tion of magnesium chloride hydrates occurs and
experiments with reference mainly to lithium
this has a cementing action and the material
chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chlo
tends to set solid. The magnesium chloride can
ride, and potassium ?uoride, although it will be
be partly replaced without reducing the mag
understood that substances producing these com
pounds during welding are to be regarded as 45 nesium chloride below 3% by one or more chlo
rides of the alkaline earth metals calcium, bari
equivalents within the scope of the invention e. g.
um, and strontium, but the welds tend to be less
lithium ?uoride and potassium chloride together
can replace lithium chloride and potassium ?uo- '
clean whenvwelding metal containing the higher
percentages of manganese, and magnesium chlo
ride together (so that the flux may still contain
the same amounts of lithium, potassium, ?uorine, 50 ride therefore is preferable. However, the re
placement of a minor proportion of magnesium
and chlorine).
I have tried ?uxes having various percentages
chloride by one of the other chlorides has the ad
of lithium chloride and find that below 21% a
vantage of assisting the coating or wetting action
?lm forms over the molten metal during welding
of the ?ux and a proportion of 2—7% (e. g. 4.5%)
giving di?iculty to the welder and that the weld
of calcium chloride is satisfactory and may be
sequential possibility of replacement by equivalent
used advantageously with 542% -(e. g. 8%) mag
nesium chloride.
Potassium chloride is mainly added to modify
salts the composition of the fluxes may be re
ferred to by the percentage content of the various
elements and on this basis the invention may be
defined as a ?ux containing at least four salts
‘ the melting point of the ?ux but I have found
that'for a given mixture of lithium and magne
sium chlorides there is an upper limit for the
potassium chloride content above which the ?ux
will not allow the molten ?ller rod to wet the
metal. ‘The upper limit is 65% in this system
of salt mixtures. At least 25% potassium chlo
ride should be used to avoid introducing a high lithium content which would otherwise become .
-necessary to keep the melting point of the ?ux
'su?lciently low.
About 30-45% potassium chlo- .
Potassium .......................... . _
ride is suitable and I have successfully used about
32-34% e. g., 33%, and also 36-39% e. g.,. 37.5%. '
r the previously proposed ?uxes as far as hygro
may absorb
from the atmosphere.
The term “welding” used herein and in the ap
pended claims, is intended to include the fusion
joining of metal by all forms of gas welding or
electric welding or otherwise.
I claim:
1. A welding ?ux for welding magnesium and
magnesium base alloys rich in'manganese com
Fluxes made in accordance with the present
invention are also satisfactory as compared with
25. 8-39. 3
' and carbon dioxide which the
sium bromide for the purpose of the present in
19. 9-45. 8
quantities of oxidic or other impurities and water
calcium, barium, strontium chlorides and potas
vention is 10%.
4. 1-6. 7.
2. 4-3. 7
0-2. 0
0-2. 6
5-11. 6
42. 6-58. 9
The compositions given herein‘ exclude minor
Although I prefer to use potassium chloride
I can partly replace this salt by one or moreof I '
the salts calcium, barium, and strontium chlo
rides, and potassium bromide. Fluxes within the
scope of the present invention however contain
at least 20% potassium chloride and the total of
3. 4-11. 7
0. 7-6. 4
0-6. 6
4. 5-13. 2
29. 2-62. 6
' prising a salt ?ux at least 78% of which consists
of the following compounds in the percentages
scopicity, sensitivity to impurities, and cost, is
Per cent
v‘The following compositions of suitable fluxes
LiCl _____
within the scope of the .present invention are
KF ___-
quoted by way-of example: - .
KCl -
Example Example Example Example
1, percentage.
2, per-centage
3, percentage
Magnesium chloride.
Calcium chloride...
12. 5
4. 5
Potassium ?uoride...
- 21. 5
Potassium chloride.v
12. 5
magnesium base alloys rich in manganese com
prising a. salt ?ux at least 78% of which consists
of the following compounds in the percentages
Per cent
If the addition of sodium salts is not objection
- able andif it is desired to lower the melting point
‘of the ?ux, an addition of up to 5% of sodium
chloride may be made and a flux of the follow
ing composition has been found satisfactory for
welding Elektron AZM alloyi'
these percentages being based upon the entire
?ux, the remainder of the ?ux being compatible
with the foregoing ingredients and not delete
riously a?ecting same.
2. A welding flux for welding magnesium and
4, per
Lithium chloride. _. _
. ____ .
_ _ _ _ __
_ _ _ _ __
_ _ . _ __
____ 30-40
Lithium chloride ______ __'-___; ___________ _- 30
these percentages being based upon the entire
?ux, the remainder of the flux being compatible
with the foregoing ingredients and not delete
Potassium-?uoride ______________________ .. 17.5
riously affecting same.
Potassium chloride ______________________ __ 40
3. A welding ?ux according to claim 1 in which
said remainder of the ?ux includes from a sub
stantial quantity of sodium salts up to 5% of the
Magnesium chloride ____________________ __ 10‘
Sodium chloride ________________________ __
In view of the probability of reaction between
the various salts during welding and the con
total composition.
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