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Less-Known Things About Bronze

johnmiller3413 March 26, 2021

Do you know that bronze is the first metal alloy invented by man?  Its discovery led us to metallurgy. It mainly consists of copper and tin. However, it can combine with other metals such as aluminum, zinc, lead, nickel to achieve other types of qualities and alloys required in the industrial sector for various purposes.  

The evolution of bronze throughout history has been very rapid as its properties make it very suitable for many applications. Let’s see other less famous things about this alloy that you might not be familiar with. 

Bronze Applications

  • They are often used in demanding industrial applications subjected to low speeds and heavy loads, in machines used to manufacture iron and steel, and equipment for the food industry.
  • It is also used in injection molding machines, self-propelled equipment, moving machinery of land, pumps, and many other industries.
  • Being a malleable material with electrical conductive capabilities and sufficient heat resistance, it is the main metal used to manufacture industrial parts.
  • Due to its excellent castability and machinability and its high resistance to corrosion and non-oxidizing acids, it is a very suitable material for constructing hydraulic machinery and valves in the maritime sector. And for the same reason, bronze bearings, sprockets, cylindrical liners, and bushings are widely used in the same sector. 

All and all, the main sectors for the application of bronze include the naval, automotive, machining, boiler making, and wind sectors, among others.

Common Types Of Bronze Alloys 

There are various bronze alloys, including the following: RG7, RG12, and Aluminum Bronze.

Next, we will briefly explain its main characteristics to apply in the industrial sector, according to its quality:

RG7: Material of medium hardness, easy to machine, and resistant to corrosion by seawater. Ideal material for high load and low-speed bushings, resistant to wear for general use under severe conditions.

RG12: Material with good resistance to wear, corrosion, and seawater. Suitable for annular and tubular construction parts, sprockets, high-stress sliding and adjusting rods, cylinder liners, heavily loaded heavy-duty bushings, spindle nuts moved under load, spherical plain bearing with high peak loads.

ALUMINUM BRONZE: Hard material, resistant to cold and hot seawater and non-oxidizing acids. High mechanical resistance to wear, cavitation, and corrosion. Very weldable material. Suitable for superheated steam valves, naval thrusters, maximum pressure valves in hydraulics, sleeve bearings with very high joint loads, etc.

The Most Prefered Bronze Equipment Is Self Lubricating Bronze Bearings

Self-lubricating bearings have numerous applications and functions:

  • Mechanical or electrical equipment for automobiles – starter motor, brakes, steering, transmission, shock absorber, etc. Manufacturers also use these bearings in manufacturing the comfort, and safety elements of cars like windshield wipers, window regulators, and sunroof. 
  • Home appliances of all kinds, both small and large. As well as in other areas of the home such as locks or garage doors, among others.
  • Industrial purposes: for various machinery such as bottling or for wood, general assembly, hospitality, or sewing machines, among many other applications.
  • Cooling elements such as a radiator, fan, cooling system, etc.
  • Medium or low power universal or customized electric motors and gearboxes.

Final Words

Bronze today has become an ideal material for several industrial uses. Are you looking for bronze? At Kormax Design online store, you can find various bronze formats, such as solid bar, hollow bar, square bar, hexagonal bar, plate, bearings, and flat bar.  

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