In the mid-1800’s Englishman Frederick Muntz pioneered an alloying procedure that developed a metal that is more resistant to marine environments. Now recognized as Muntz Metal, this variant is denoted by modern international standards as Alloy C280. The composition of this metal is 60% copper and 40% zinc, with slight traces of iron.
Where Muntz Metal Is Used
This alloy has been observed to hold up excellently against marine wear and tear. It is used for the cladding of hulls or bottoms of boats. Being an alloy of copper, Muntz Metal is also categorized as a biocide, which stunts or prevents the growth of pests and other microorganisms. Specifically, shipworms or teredo worms are kept at bay, and they are unable to latch on to ship bottoms and cause the material to decay while at sea. Post originally appeared on RotaxMetals.net blog page.