A strong, hard bronze. Silicon bronzes vary in composition from 91-98% copper, 0.5-3.5% silicon, 0-6% aluminum, 0-25 nickel, 0-1.5% zinc, and 0-2% tin. The silicon increase resistance to wear and corrosion, even in marine environments. Silicon bronze is used for wires (telephone and telegraph), bearings, valves, castings, and construction equipment.
Synonyms and Related Terms
silicon-bronze; bronze siliceux (Fr.); Siliciumbronze (Deut.); silicium brons (Ned.); bronze silicio (Port.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976 Comment: Copper
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 712