Brass

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Typically, brass is comprised of 67% copper and 33% zinc. As a general rule, the more zinc, the lighter the color of the brass. Read More…

Brass Brass is an extremely popular copper alloy which most often exhibits a muted buttery yellow color similar to gold, though color will vary among the specific brass compositions.

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Pompton Plains, NJ  |  800-838-1978

Our company may have started small, but we quickly grew to handle the largest aluminum orders. Our metals are made from the highest quality materials, and we pledge to offer superior service to all our customers. We don’t want customers who use us one time, we want to establish lifelong relationships with customers that last generations. Contact us for more info!

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Warminster, PA  |  215-956-0626

As a top distributor of copper parts and products, Commercial Metal Exchange has hard to find grades, sizes and tempers for all applications and after more than 25 years of doing so, Commercial Metal Exchange is developed and grown into a source for many other services, as well. CME takes an enormous pride in its business and strives every day to improve its services. Contact CME today!

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Spokane, WA  |  509-482-4435

Alcobra Metals offers the widest selection of specialty metals in the Pacific Northwest, offering stainless steel plate, stainless steel sheets & rounds, titanium, bronze, copper & others. Fabricators from artists to machine shops find specialty alloys, precision cutting & great prices at Alcobra.

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Wakeman, OH  |  800-626-7071

At Concast, we have no problem fulfilling your needs for bars, tubes & shapes in copper alloys. Our complete standard line includes leaded Red Brass, Leaded Tin Bronze, Manganese Bronze, Aluminum Bronze & Extruded products. Plus, special alloys and custom sizes and shapes are easy to quote and to order. When it comes to inventory, we have no equal; we stock more than 875 standard product sizes.

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Long Island City, NY  |  800-767-9494

Metalmen is a fully certified, go-to source for nationwide & global distribution of specialty copper. With over 30 years as a hands-on metal supply problem solver, let the metal men & women at Metalmen be your custom response supplier of all related services. Whatever the solution, Metalmen are seasoned metal supply specialists and provide their customers with creative solutions.

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Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper. Low zinc alloys will exhibit a darker red hue and are often referred to as red brass. Though zinc will always be the second most prevalent metal in brass, the addition of other metals such as tin, arsenic, iron and antimony are commonly included to further improve the physical and mechanical properties of the alloy. While the appearance of brass adds to its desirability, these manipulated features such as strength, hardness and formability more often determine the utility of brass in a given application.

Brass exhibits many of the physical properties of pure copper to some degree. Malleable and a relatively good conductor of heat and electricity, easily machined brass is commonly used in screws, casings, heat exchanges, pressure vessels and electrical equipment. As brass is stronger than pure copper and resistant to corrosion it is also employed in numerous tubing and piping applications. Non-sparking brass is popular in petrochemical processing industries as well as more commonplace settings requiring low friction such as in locks, gears, bearings, doorknobs, ammunition and valves. The list of applications in which brass is a popular choice is extremely long and variable from radiators to a host of musical instruments.

Like its base metal copper, brass is relatively malleable and thus easily formed through a number of manufacturing processes. Before machining, however, brass production must begin with combining the appropriate amounts of copper, zinc and other metals. To achieve this, the suitable metal scrap is weighed and transferred in pre-specified amounts into a furnace.

An electric furnace is commonly used as the temperature needs to reach 1920°F (1050°C). At such temperatures the metal becomes molten allowing for homogenization of the final product. If needed additional scrap is added to the mixture. Once the proper re-crystallization occurs, the metal is poured or cast into stock shapes and allowed to cool before further processing. These billets and ingots are then hot or cold rolled, extruded and cut into more finished stock shapes. Stock brass comes in a number of forms, the selection of which depends on the final product. Brass bars, plates, sheets, foils, strips, rods and more are designated by the specific features of their alloyed composition.

All brass alloys are first designated by the letter C, for copper which is then followed by a five digit number which provides suppliers and manufacturers with more information. Numbers beginning with one through seven signify brass that can be machined or forged, while numbers starting with eight or nine can only be finished through casting. It is important to consider these and other features such as length, weight, width, shape and elemental composition with regard for the intended use of brass forms.

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