Brass Chain: It’s More Than Just Aesthetics…
The alloy used to make brass chain is created when you combine metallic copper and zinc it forms the alloy brass. Patented in England in 1781, the alloy has been used throughout history for many applications, most notably because of its gold-like appearance. Although its very eye-catching, its uses are more important than its aesthetics.
By varying the proportions of copper and zinc it allows the properties of the brass to be changed. This change allows for the creation of hard and soft brasses. It is stronger and harder than copper, but not as strong or hard as steel. It also tolerates low temperatures, resisting brittleness, unlike mild steel.
Brass is also Eco-Friendly and can be recycled without losing its original properties. This reduces the need for mining and prolongs the availability for future generations.
Let’s look at some of the Industries we serve and see how they use different variations of brass.
Industries we serve that use Brass:
Medical: Brass materials are very useful in the medical industry because it is a natural antimicrobial, and it has the necessary strength for medical tools.
Marine: When copper levels are high in brass, saltwater has very little effect on corrosion.
Aviation: Brass is referred to by the term “Muntz metal” when zinc is at 40% and copper is at 60%. It is used in the aviation industry because of its corrosion-resistant qualities and it can be made even stronger with heat treatment.
Plumbing: A lot like the marine industry, brass chains are guaranteed to last in damp and wet conditions. This corrosion-resistant characteristic makes them the go-to metal alloy for kitchens and bathrooms.
Agriculture/Petroleum: Brass chain is ideal in flammable environments because it is considered non-sparking.
There are many more applications using brass chain as a common hardware chain. Perfection Chain Products offers it in welded and weldless options.