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What is soldering flux used for? Answered


Just wanted to know.

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iceng
iceng

8 years ago

I enjoy the aroma of English 5 core rosin solder.
Others have answered you very well.
Sniff on :)

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seandogue
seandogue

Answer 8 years ago

Blucghk!

I've personally had my fill of rosin fumes. I use a fume catcher (basically a muffin fan with an activated charcoal filter on the inlet side) when I solder these days. The fumes are terrible for your sinuses.

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iceng
iceng

Answer 8 years ago

Five core English solder aroma is sweet as a miniscule drop of 
trichloroethylene tastes on the tip of your tongue :-þ

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seandogue
seandogue

Answer 8 years ago

You, my friend, are happily deranged ;-)

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

8 years ago

Flux removes oxides coatings from the metals you are joining. Oxides prevent the solder from "wetting" the metals to be joined, so they have to be removes. Soldering dissolves tiny amounts of the metal of the joints into the solder and contamination stops that happening.

Steve

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verence
verence

Answer 8 years ago

+1

Couldn't have said it better (if at all ;-)

Just to add a word of warning: Never use a plumbing flux for electronic soldering. It will continue to eat away any oxides (and metals in PCB traces and delicate wires) long after the soldering and kill your circuits that way. Electronic solder with a flux-resin core is the way to go.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 8 years ago

+1 for best description of the actual purpose.

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seandogue
seandogue

8 years ago

acidic fluxes partially strip existing oxides from the surface of a metal, (these are used almost exclusively for plumbing and related welding/brazing/soldering processes.

For electronics and most electrical soldering, non-acidic rosin flux  is used.

AFAIK, the primary purpose of flux (in general)  is to prevent oxidation during the soldering/brazing/welding process.