Terne metal

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A dull, corrosion resistant alloy. Terne is composed of Lead (67-90%) and Tin (10-33%) with small amounts of other metals such as Zinc, Nickel and Magnesium. Terne metal is used as a thin, dipped coating on sheet Iron. The coated iron, called terneplate, is used for roofing, gasoline tanks, oil cans, and solvent containers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

terneplate; ternaloy; tereplate; roofing tin; terne coated steel; valley tin; tin roof; Follansbee TCD [Follansbeen Steel Corp.]

Resources and Citations

  • 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. 809: 3-15% tin
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996 Comment: 67-90 percent lead and 10-33 percent tin
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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