I've got an application where I need strength approaching weld for a
complex joint, but sealing the crack is a little more important than
high strength. The application will be a medium volume production
effort, and it will be ongoing. I've got a JPEG of the kind of joint at
the following link on my Web site:
The joint is highlighted as a green line. I think anyone could see that
welding would be extremely time, energy and money consuming because of
the complexity of the joint, especially as what is shown is only a small
portion of the total for each assembly to be made, and these assemblies
will be made over and over and over. The length of each straight
section in the joint is somewhere between 3/4" and 1" and the length of
the entire joint can easily be a couple of feet or more . . . the
application will probably entail several varieties of different lengths.
My question: is there a material like some type of solder paste
available that could be squeezed onto the joint line kind of like caulk,
and then melted in an oven to form a tight joint? And if so, would such
a material provide some modicum of strength when used with hot rolled or
cold rolled steel? As I said, it doesn't need to be just terribly
strong. Maybe strong enough to withstand an impact like getting dropped
or banged medium hard, but wouldn't need to bear much weight.
Anybody had any experience with such as this?
Mark 'Sporky' Stapleton
Watermark Design, LLC
17 years ago