3.37 Welding and Joining Processes

Fall 2002

A welding technician repairs an aluminum lithium weld on the Unity node of the International Space Station.
A welding technician repairs an aluminum lithium weld on the Unity node of the International Space Station. (Photo by Boeing Co., courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course includes assignmentslecture notes, and a detailed syllabus.

Course Description

Discusses a wide variety of processes and materials from the viewpoint of their fundamental physical and chemical properties. Specific topics: cold welding, adhesive bonding, diffusion bonding, soldering, brazing, flames, arcs, high-energy density heat sources, solidification, cracking resistance, shielding methods, and electric contacts. Emphasis on underlying science of a given process rather than a detailed description of the technique or equipment.

Meets with first half of 3.371J in Fall Term. More information on both courses and the interaction between them can be found at http://mit.edu/3.37/www/information.shtml.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Thomas Eagar

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Five sessions / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate