With zero moving parts, the radiator may be one of the least "sexy" of all automotive components, yet the metallurgy behind brazed aluminum radiators is complex and fascinating. From the production of clad brazing sheet, to processing-structure relationships that enable corrosion-resistant "long life" aluminum alloys, to the forming of fins and tubes, to the chemistry of flux reactions and the controlled atmosphere brazing process, a surprising amount of materials science goes into the manufacturing of automotive radiators. This presentation will detail the historical development, materials engineering principles, and future prospects for brazed aluminum radiators. You may never look a radiator the same again!
Dave Palmer is the Materials Engineering Supervisor for Modine Manufacturing's Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory. He earned his B.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2005) and his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2014), both in Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to coming to Modine, he worked as a metallurgist and process engineer for several Milwaukee-area manufacturers, including Signicast, Hayes Brake, and the Evinrude Outboard Engines Division of BRP. He is also an adjunct instructor at Gateway Technical College, where he teaches Environmental Science in the Adult High School program. In addition, he teaches Aluminum 101 and Aluminum Metallurgy 201 for the American Foundry Society.
Online registration ends Friday, October 4.