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Friday, August 19, 2016

Useful Info on Square Brass Tubing

Square brass tubing is made from Alloy 272 or common brass, and it exhibits a yellow color. Its chemical composition is about 63% copper and 37% zinc. Of all the copper alloys, Alloy 272 has the highest machinability, meaning it can be easily shaped depending on its intended purpose. The material is also very resistant to corrosion.

These tubes are categorized by their nominal measurements, or the outside diameter. There are also varying thicknesses of the tube walls ranging from 0.02 inches to about 0.10 inches.  Square brass tubing may be cut and used for fasteners in construction projects.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Distinct Traits and Applications of Muntz Metal

Since 5th century BC, ancient Asian civilizations have been reaping the benefits of using copper alloys like brass. Brass has truly come a long way from serving an industrial purpose to being decorative and ornamental. At present, there are dozens of varieties of brass in the market, and among the popular ones being used by contractors and fabricators is Muntz metal.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Copper and Brass Sales for Every Project’s Need

Contractors, architects, and interior designers are often on the lookout for copper and brass sales to be able to find the finest materials at the best prices. Knowing the properties of your material of choice will make it easier for you to get the best quality copper and brass for your needs.

For starters, copper has been used by man for ages. It has been the foundation of many buildings, monuments, and has been integral in machines that have shaped the world. Today, copper is used in various projects, from jewelry, to kitchen ware, plumbing, and more. Copper is said to be among the most ductile and malleable metals on the planet. Suppliers for this metal denote it by the name C110, or electrolytic tough pitch (ETP), which also means 99.9% copper. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Maintenance Tips for Bronze Sheets

When it comes to bronze sheets, reputable suppliers keep a good stock of varying thicknesses or gauges, as well as lengths and widths. For whatever project the sheet metal is intended for, suppliers can produce the exact specifications of bronze as needed.

Bronze Sheets According to Type

Bronze sheets may be made out of Alloy C220, or gilding metal. They are made up of 90% copper and 10% of tin, and exhibits a bronze-gold sheen. This alloy is used in most ornamental trims and architectural grillwork.

Another classification of bronze sheet metal is under Alloy C280 also referred to as Muntz metal. Patented by 19th century Englishman Frederick Muntz, it has 60% copper content, and 40% zinc content. Sheet metal of this variety is an ideal material for use on hulls of boats or ships.

Maintenance for Bronze

With regards to caring for bronze sheets, finishes or surfaces, suppliers recommend their clients to avoid using highly acidic or highly alkaline solutions. Bronze is known to be resistant to rust or corrosion, but the material is not entirely spared from damage of other elements.

The metal tends to deteriorate more quickly when exposed to moisture combined with chemicals like sulphur, chlorine, nitrogen oxides. In some cases, bronze sheets may experience a damage known as galvanic corrosion, which occurs when it comes in contact with a reactive metal.

To learn more about the properties of bronze sheets, and how to maintain them over the years, you can consult with a reputable sheet metal supplier. They can find the right type of bronze to fulfill the needs for your design project.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Brass Tubing and its Versatile Applications

Brass tubing is widely used in hotels, pubs, offices, restaurants, showrooms, and homes the world over. Of course, there are plenty reasons why it is widely utilized, but the main one is its attractive gold-like appearance, and the fact that it comes at a lower price tag than gold.

What Is Brass Tubing?

Essentially, brass tubing is created by combining zinc and copper alloys—it is not a pure metal as many people believe. The tubing comes in a wide range of sizes, shapes, thickness, and finishes, including square tubing, solid round, round spiral, flat U channel, round reeded, and radius channel styles. They are also available in customized tube shapes such as hexagonal, D shaped, elliptical, and fluted styles.