Why Choose Bronze for Your Industrial Project?

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Bronze is identified by its dull, gold color. Although it looks like brass, the primary difference is the faint rings on the surface of bronze. It is an alloy consisting primarily of copper and tin with several other alloying materials including arsenic, aluminum, silicon, manganese and phosphorus. These each produce different properties in the final metal. These contributing ingredients produce a harder alloy than copper does alone.


Bronze is commonly used to make sculptures, medals, and musical instruments. Bronze machining is useful for a variety of industrial applications including components such as bearings and bushings. Bronze is a good choice when there is metal on metal friction produced because it has a low coefficient of friction. Many times, bronze machining is the choice for nautical applications or applications where it will be exposed to water due to its resistance to corrosion.


Choosing the best material for a project can be difficult due to different factors including processing costs, availability, physical properties and mechanical properties. Bronze alloys can withstand elevated temperatures which is also why it wears well against steel and is often used in making gear and bearing components. Bronze machining is also much easier than working with other metals such as steel. It is also easy to use in welding, brazing and soldering.

Other Bronze Alloys

There are a variety of bronze alloys used for different applications. Tin bronze is used for electrical products, washers, springs and equipment needed in corrosive environments. Aluminum bronze is strong and used to manufacture sleeve bearings, marine hardware and pumps or valves. Silicon bronze is used in the making of valve and pump components. Nickel brass is more aesthetic and used in the making of optical equipment, instruments and food or beverage equipment and copper nickel is used for marine equipment, electronic products and ship hulls.

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