A tin alloy invented in 1839 by Isaac Babbitt for use in steam engines. Babbitt metal provides a low-friction surface for bearings made of cast iron or steel. Several compositions are currently called babbitt metals, such as:
- tin (9 %) with copper (10%)
- a mixed tin-lead alloy with antimony and copper.
Synonyms and Related Terms
babbit metal; white metal
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: babbitt metal" Encyclopædia Britannica [Accessed December 11, 2001
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babbitt_metal (Accessed Mar. 20, 2006)