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The Brasses: Properties and Applications
(CDA Publication 117)
Brasses: Properties and Applications (Pub 117)

About this Publication

This publication provides information on compositions and properties of standard brasses in wrought and cast condition, together with details of BS and European Standards, forms available, fabrication methods and examples of typical applications.  2005.  64pp.

The individual sections are available to download by clicking on the relevant links.  The book can also be downloaded in full or ordered from our Resource Library.

Whilst this publication has been prepared with care, we can give no warranty regarding the contents and shall not be liable for any direct, incidental or consequential damage arising out of its use. For complete information on any material the appropriate standard should be consulted.

Domestic brass fittings (Courtesy Samuel Heath plc)
Brass extrusion


Section 1
An introduction to the topics and examples of typical applications.
Section 2
Why Make it in Brass?
Explains the very wide variety of combinations of properties unique to brasses that make them the most cost-effective materials to select for the manufacture of a vast range or products.
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Low cost manufacturing
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Machinability
 Section 3
Choosing the Right Brass
Gives details of the many types of brass available to meet end-user requirements and basic materials selection guidance.
  • Brasses for specific manufacturing processes
  • Brasses for special applications.
 Section 4
Which Forms of Brass?
Describes the extensive range of shapes and sizes available and the way in which they can be made.  There is also coverage of the old British standards and material designations and the EN standards and designations which have replaced them.
  • Extrusions
  • Hot stampings
  • Forgings
  • Wire sheet and strip
  • Tube plate
  • Castings
  • Ordering information
  • Case histories.

Section 5
How to Make it in Brass
Gives details of common forming, fabrication, machining and finishing techniques that can be used in the production of brass components.
  • Fabrication and joining
  • Forming brass
  • Heat treatment
  • Joining brasses
  • Machining
  • Extra surface protection.
 Section 6
Types of Brass
Details the basic metallurgy of brasses and the useful effects of alloying additions.
  • Effects of alloying additions
  • Free machining brasses
  • High tensile brasses
  • Effect of processing on properties
  • Effect of zinc content on properties
  • Castability
  • Available forms and properties.
Section 7
Brasses for Corrosion Resistance
Provides information to help select materials for use in particularly aggressive environments.
  • Corrosion resistant applications of brasses
  • Corrosion resistance data
  • Types of corrosion.
 Section 8
Brief History of Brass
Shows the early development of the production and usage of brasses from Egyptian, Grecian and Roman times onwards.
 Section 9
If you have printed off all the sections you might find it useful to print the index too.
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