Monday, August 11, 2014

The Many Uses of Brass

People often say that two heads are better than one. In metallurgy, this concept is best embodied in a process called alloying. This is the blending of two different metals to produce a hybrid that is better than either of its original components.

Such is the case with brass, which is produced by the addition of nickel to copper. Used since prehistoric times, this versatile metal has many applications, even today. Below are just a few of them:

Everyday Things

That lamppost on your street or the railing on your fancy office building’s steps? Chances are, both of them are made of brass channels. This is because brass is extremely resilient to heat and cold, making them ideal for outdoor installations.

Musical Instruments

Brass is also used to manufacture many musical instruments, such as tubas and saxophones. This metal’s unique properties allow it to produce beautiful sounds. Its malleability also allows it to be twisted into complex windings needed for instruments.


Fancy tableware doesn’t necessarily need to be made of china. These days, many manufacturers create plates and utensils using brass. The alloy’s durability— especially its ability to withstand tarnishing and rusting— makes it a popular material for all kinds of dinnerware.

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