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 used for this purpose in many parts of the world?

A: Yes, and probably based on independent discoveries.

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: 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: 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 in fact brass?

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

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

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.

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: Are bronzes considerably less brittle than cast iron?

A: Yes.

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 a better conductor of heat and electricity than most steels?

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: Is a bronze used for ships' propellers?

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

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 artifacts so far known coming from the Iranian plateau in the 5th millennium BCE.

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 guitar.

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

A: Yes.

Q: Are bronzes typically very ductile alloys?

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.

Q: Is a bronze the preferred metal for bells in the form of a high tin bronze alloy known colloquially as bell metal?

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

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

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

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 usually nonmagnetic?

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

Q: Is a bronze very hard and wear-resistant?

A: Yes, and is used for bearings and machine tool ways.

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

A: Yes.

Q: Was a bronze a standard material for mirrors?

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.