Brass is one of the most popular metals in human history, with common usage dating back around 7,000 years. Its pleasant color, strength, ability to be polished into a bright shine, and ability to be easily fabricated means that brass was in widespread use from ancient China to Europe, and almost everywhere in between. The same attributes that made brass popular then keep it popular now, and additionally, brass is one of the easiest metals to recycle.
These Brass Half Oval Bars are made from the 360/C360 alloy. This mixture is mostly copper with a little bit of lead added to make it easier to machine. Because of this, 360 is known as “free-machining brass.” The softness of the lead results in a slightly softer brass. But also it doesn’t compromise the strength or other desirable attributes of the brass.
Beyond the better machinability, brass 360 has similar attributes to 260 brass.
Due to its appearance, the ease of machining, and how easily it polishes, Brass Half Oval Rod 360 are frequently used in decorative purposes. A thin patina forms over the metal which protects it from rust better than steel or iron.
Additionally, it resists wear well, is strong, and is heavy. Because of this, these are often used as components in gears, pinions, locks, couplings, bushings, circuitry, electronics, nuts, bolts, valves, shafts, fittings, and other heavy industrial machinery.
Rockwell hardness – B78
Ultimate Tensile Strength – 58,000 psi
Yield Tensile Strength – 45,000 psi
Elongation – 25%
Melting Point – 1,650 – 1,720 °F / 900 – 940 °C
Soldering – Excellent
Brazing – Good
Welding – Not recommended
Copper (Cu) – 61.5%
Zinc (Zn) – 35.5%
Lead (Pb) – 3%