Question: What Is Brass?
Brass is a common useful metal. Here's a look at what brass is made of and information about its chemistry.
Lead commonly is added to brass at a concentration of around 2%. The lead addition improves the machinability of brass. However, significant lead leaching often occurs, even in brass that contains a relatively low overall concentration of lead.
- bright gold appearance
- higher malleability than bronze or zinc
- acoustic properties appropriate for use in musical instruments
- low friction
- soft - may be used where low chance of sparking is necessary
- relatively low melting point
- easy to cast
- not ferromagnetic (which makes it easier to separate from other metals for recycling)