A copper-zinc alloy. Red brass can be composed of copper (75-85%), zinc (15-20%), lead (0.06% max.) and iron (0.05% max.). It is resistant to atmospheric corrosion and dezincification. Red brass is used for architectural trim, weather stripping, electrical circuits, piping, costume jewelry and inexpensive containers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
bronze rouge (Fr.); latão vermelho (Port.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
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