Bronze FAQs:

Q: Is a bronze an alloy consisting primarily of copper?

A: Yes, and commonly with about 12% tin and often with the addition of other metals and sometimes non-metals or metalloids such as arsenic, phosphorus or silicon.

Q: Was a bronze still used during the Iron Age?

A: Yes, and has continued in use for many purposes to the modern day.

Q: Was a bronze made out of copper and arsenic?

A: Yes, and forming arsenic bronze, or from naturally or artificially mixed ores of copper and arsenic, with the earliest artefacts so far known coming from the Iranian plateau in the 5th millennium BCE.

Q: Is a bronze used in many different industrial applications?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze commonly used: "classic bronze", about 10% tin, was used in casting?

A: Yes, and "mild bronze", about 6% tin, was hammered from ingots to make sheets.

Q: Was a bronze a valuable material in short supply in the Late Antique and medieval periods?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze very hard and is used for bearings and machine tool ways?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze used?

A: Yes, and commonly B20 bronze, which is roughly 20% tin, 80% copper, with traces of silver, or the tougher B8 bronze which is made from 8% tin and 92% copper.

Q: Are bronzes really brass?

A: Yes, and the Romanesque Baptismal font at St Bartholomew's Church, Liège is described as both bronze and brass.

Q: Was a bronze superior to arsenic bronze in that the alloying process could be more easily controlled?

A: Yes, and the resulting alloy was stronger and easier to cast.

Q: Is a bronze the preferred metal for top-quality bells?

A: Yes, and particularly bell metal, which is about 23% tin.

Q: Are bronzes considerably less brittle than cast iron?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze particularly suited to precision-grade bearings and springs?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a bronze the hardest metal in widespread use is known as the Bronze Age?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze used for ships' propellers?

A: Yes, and musical instruments, and electrical contacts.

Q: Is a bronze 88% copper and 12% tin?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a bronze especially suitable for use in boat and ship fittings prior to the wide employment of stainless steel owing to its combination of toughness and resistance to salt water corrosion?

A: Yes.

Q: Are bronzes typically very ductile alloys?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze still commonly used in ship propellers and submerged bearings?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze generally harder than wrought iron?

A: Yes, and with Vickers hardness of 60–258 vs.

Q: Is a bronze also used for the windings of steel and nylon strings of various stringed instruments such as the double bass?

A: Yes, and piano, harpsichord, and the guitar.

Q: Is a bronze bronze containing a significant quantity of lead which makes for improved plasticity possibly used by the ancient Greeks in their ship construction?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze used to make bronze wool for woodworking applications where steel wool would discolour oak?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze a bronze alloy with a composition of 52% copper?

A: Yes, and 30% nickel, 12% zinc, 5% lead, and 1% bismuth.

Q: Is a bronze used to make the tone rings of many professional model banjos?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze usually nonmagnetic?

A: Yes, but certain alloys containing iron or nickel may have magnetic properties.