Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Why Brass is a Staple Industry Metal

Brass is widely used across multiple industries, and its numerous properties makes it an irreplaceable material in many cases. Brass tubing, sheets and other forms have revolutionized the shipping, music and design industries, but how have they done so?

Shipping Industry

Brass cladding has provided massive benefits for the shipping industry. As it is anticorrosive and durable, brass can be used to protect piers and the bottom of ships from wear and damage in the water. It also has antimicrobial properties, which mean creatures and microbes do not attach themselves to brass. This protects boats and structures from additional damage. A particular alloy called naval brass is used most often in the shipping industry.

Musical Instrument Industry

What would brass instruments be without brass? Good quality brass tubing creates the best sound, and different brass alloys can be used to create varying depths of sound. The higher the ratio of copper to zinc, the deeper and rounder the sound is that’s produced.

The anticorrosive qualities of brass are also important within instruments, as saliva frequently enters the brass tubing. The instrument needs to be able to handle the exposure to water, so brass is perfect in this way.

Design Industry

Brass is a very affordable metal, which has opened up the design industry to more diverse
creations. Within furniture design, the durability of brass makes it a good choice, as it is unlikely to be subject to much wear and tear.

The color of brass can vary from a chocolate brown to a light silver, with many gold shades. It can therefore fit with many aesthetics and emulate other types of metal where needed.

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