Wednesday, September 16, 2015
A Look at the Material Properties of Bronze Bars, Tubes and the Like
The metal bronze is probably as old as human civilization itself. Ever since the ancient Sumerians created the copper alloy as a means to replace their exhausted tin resources in 2500 B.C., bronze has stuck around long enough to still be molded and distributed as standard bronze bars and other appliques, by companies such as Rotax Metals, even today. Various qualities have made bronze such a keeper for a long time, and it’s pretty evident that bronze applications are effective. Corrosion Resistance – Metals strike most of us as seemingly “indestructible” materials—who else isn’t terrified of the thought of a heavily-armored tank that almost seems like it’s invulnerable to bullets? That said, however, metals aren’t invincible at all, and Mother Nature proves that by way of corrosion. Metals, such as steel, are no match for corrosive elements, but not bronze as it seems. It resists corrosion from almost all elements, including seawater, as well as metal fatigue much better.