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Thermal cycles of tin lead solder in the Wave

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Bob Leible

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Thermal cycles of tin lead solder in the Wave | 4 October, 2005

I was wondering if anyone has studied the effects of tin lead solder in the wave. If we leave the same solder in the solder pot, how many COMPLETE cool downs and start ups can the solder go through before it begins to break down?

Please let me know.

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#36967

Thermal cycles of tin lead solder in the Wave | 4 October, 2005

The amount of times the tin/lead solder can be melted and solidified is unlimited and the heat cycles do not affect the solder characteristics. The only reason for changing the solder pot is when impurities are at or over the maximum levels.

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