All that glitters is not gold, at least, not always! Like Muntz Metal, Naval Brass is often used in architecture and design, as their brilliant golden color lends a eye-catching accent when used for elevators, doors, railings, trim pieces, and other features.
What is Naval Brass
Naval Brass is copper alloy comprised of 59% Copper, 40% Zinc, and 1% Tin, often with trace amounts of Lead. This alloy is considered an Alpha Beta Brass, and is generally both harder and stronger than other Brasses that do not fall into the Alpha Beta category.
As implied by the name, Naval Brass was originally developed for sea water applications. Tin was included in the alloy composition in order to improve the Naval Brass’ resistance to corrosion – incredibly important when constantly exposed to sea water! The Lead in the alloy increases the machinability of the metal.
What is It Used For?
Naval brass is often used in naval and maritime applications, like marine hardware, propeller shafts, decorative fittings, and turn buckles. There are also many other industrial applications, specifically valve stems, welding rods, condenser plates, aircraft turnbuckle barrels, and many more structural uses.
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