Welding Invar 36

Guys what is the applicable way to weld Invar 36, 2 1/2 in thickness?
Tnx
BG
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BGraboys
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Probaly late here.
A weld of that thickness would probably go best in the mig process. That's a big hole to fill.
As far as I know-there is no Invar 36 filler.
I'd have to research compatibility with available fillers.I'm sure that a compatible filler is available.
I weld Kovar (a related alloy) on a very regular basis. Thinner stuff-1/4" or less. Have been using a nickel 55 or 60 cast iron filler with good success on tig. I don't used de-fluxed stick rod. This bare wire is available, but you have to ask. The last load I got was from Natweld/Inweld. I'm sure there are other suppliers as well.
Good Luck
brande
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brande
There is a Nilo 36 filler that is used for welding Invar. Boeing uses it to repair the Invar molds for plane wings.
Inco used to sell it. I have a spool in my storage cabinet. 36% nickel content.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
What sort of wings? Does Invar have some miracle property other than its low tempco? I wouldn't have thought wings were THAT critical.
Ted
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Ted Edwards
Multi-pass TIG? Invar 36 filler rod is available. I have a box of 1/8" diameter I picked up at Boeing Surplus.
Ted
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Ted Edwards
Invar is "invariable" over a wide temperature range.
Fiberglass wing molds have to be able to hold dimension even as the fiberglass heats up while curing.
I got the spool of Nilo 36 and then called Inco to find out what it was.
Ni = Nickle , Lo = low thermal expansion , 36 = 36% nickle
They were very surprised to find that Boeing was dumping it at Salvage because they were paying Inco about $50/lb. for it specifically to repair wing molds.
I tried using it to MIG weld some cast iron once. It kind of worked, but TIG and pure nickle rod worked better.
I still have 2 spools of the stuff.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
Thnx folks. You cleared my mind. I picked FC 36, .045 wire will try MIG. Will let you know if I screw up 1mln job order.
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BGraboys

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