Though this alloy has not such rich history as bronze, however the scrap of brass was known still to ancient Romans who received it from copper and zinc ore. The modern way of production - alloyage of copper with pure metal zinc - was open much later: at the end of the 18th century. On appearance brass in many respects reminds gold therefore earlier often made counterfeit jewelry of it. Brass represents group of alloys on the basis of copper and zinc which part also other alloying elements, for example, nickel, lead, manganese, tin, iron, etc. can be. On a number of characteristics an alloy has higher rates, than its basis - pure copper. In particular, it is higher durability and resistance to corrosion. At the same time brass is easy in processing that allows to let out products of irregular shape and the small size which separate advantage is rather low prime cost. And, at last, an alloy carries out heat and current much worse than pure copper.
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