aluminum bronze

noun
any of several alloys containing a high percentage of copper with from 5 to 11 percent aluminum and varying amounts of iron, nickel, manganese, and other elements.
Also called albronze.


Origin:
1870–80

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aluminum bronze

any of a group of strong, corrosion-resistant alloys of copper containing from 4 to 15 percent aluminum and small amounts of other metals, used to make many machine parts and tools. Because of their golden colour and high tarnish resistance, the alloys are also used for jewelry and in architecture. Their resistance to oxidation at high temperatures and to corrosion, particularly by dilute acids, makes them useful for pickling equipment and other service involving exposure to dilute sulfuric, hydrochloric, and hydrofluoric acids. They have strength comparable to that of mild steel and are used for such machinery as papermaking machines, brush holders and clamps for welding machines in the electrical industry, heavy-duty gear wheels, worm wheels, metal-forming dies, machine guides, nonsparking tools, and nonmagnetic chains and anchors. Aluminum bronzes can be welded by the metallic arc process and can be brazed (soldered with certain alloys) with special fluxes

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The valve body was cast of ductile iron and the valve disc was made of aluminum bronze.
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