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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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Metal Associates $$$

Warminster, PA  |  215-956-0626

With over 25 years of metallurgy experience we guarantee we can produce exactly what you are looking for. We offer fast delivery and a multitude of beryllium copper sizes. Our highly knowledge staff takes great pride in creating these outstanding copper alloys. We have a reputation of manufacturing the best copper fabrications. Our company has risen in the standard in copper processing. Contact us today to learn more!

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Commercial Metal Exchange $$$

Deer Park, NY  |  631-242-7200

For knowledgeable, immediate response to your metal sourcing requests, contact Aero Specialties Material today. This full service, high performance metal supplier is your complete source for aircraft grade materials. We have alloy steels, aluminum, copper and brass alloys, nickel alloys, magnesium, stainless steel, titanium, tool steels, and more, as well as a wide range of specialty plastics.

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Aero Specialties Material Corp. $$$

North East, PA  |  814-725-9621

The electrical and transportation industries have us manufacture custom copper products for them. We also have available from our mills copper alloy and copper bar, rod and extrusions in many lengths, shapes and sizes. The Electric Materials Company has been operating since 1915. We're ISO 9001 certified.

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The Electric Materials Company $$$

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 metal supply problem solver, let the metal men & women at Metalmen be your custom response supplier of all related services.

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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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