We have a lot of alloys to choose from here at Diversified Metals, one of the most versatile being our bronze alloys. Despite the fact that you may see steel in far more obvious places, bronze is still considered an extremely useful metal for industrial applications and shouldn’t be ignored. Given how ductile bronze alloys are, it is also a metal that is easier to work with than many more inflexible ones. Here are some of the most common applications for bronze casting alloys you may want to keep in mind.
Bronze alloys are typically denser than steel and don’t become brittle over time. They also are highly resistant to corrosion, making them an excellent choice when conditions surrounding the metal are harsh. Here are just a few of the common industrial uses of bronze casting alloys:
- Bridge pins
- Bronze gears
- Valve and pump components
- Piston rings
One of the very common applications for bronze casting alloys is using them in marine hardware. Because this kind of hardware sees heavy use in a very harsh environment, an alloy that is very resistant to corrosion over time is needed. Compared to steel, bronze has this anti-corrosion property in far greater values. It is also resistant to marine biological fouling, making it much safer to use for long periods of time in deep ocean water.
If there is ever a worry about microbes being spread through equipment and to the people operating them, bronze is an excellent metal to trust. Because of its anti-microbial properties, bronze alloys have been continually used in hospital environments to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. You can’t trust steel or another lesser metal to have the same sanitary qualifications that bronze boasts about.
Bronze alloys don’t always have to be the color that typically comes to mind when one thinks about bronze. Nickel bronze, for example, is close to silver in appearance and is often used when bronze is needed but aesthetic quality cannot be forgotten. One common use for this kind of bronze alloy is in making musical instruments, as this bronze retains its anti-corrosion qualities as well.
While bronze alloys may not have the same recognizability that steel or aluminum alloys have, it continues to be a metal that is relied on for many different, and imperative, purposes. Should you have any questions, or wish to purchase some of our bronze casting alloys, Diversified Metals will be happy to assist in any way possible.