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The Right Flux for Soldering to Nitinol

Eric Bastow recently wrote about using our Indalloy Flux #2 for soldering to Nitinol.  He did many tests and wrote an Application Note called Soldering to Nitinol.

Fort Wayne Metals, a leading supplier of medical wire (including Nitinol) also did a test on various fluxes as they relate to break load (maximum load before the joint breaks.

The fluxes tested included:

  • Indalloy Flux #2 and Flux #3
  • Indalloy Flux #5RMA; #5R; #5RA
  • Indalloy Flux #4R
  • Flux #400 (no longer commercially available)


The #5 series and the #4R were found to not be strong enough to clean off the tenacious oxides formed on Nitinol. Therefore, they didn't enable the solder to wet the surface properly.

Flux #2 and Flux#3 gave the best results (of the fluxes tested for break load) since they removed more of the oxides and allowed for a stronger solder bond.

Want to know more about soldering to this important medical material?  You can contact Eric Bastow directly at ebastow@indium.com or email us at medical@indium.com

Carol Gowans

cgowans@indium.com