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Alloy 230 Red Brass

Sequoia Brass & Copper sells alloy 230 red brass. Unlike yellow brass, red brass has a warmer and richer color and is much stronger. A highly versatile alloy, red brass is notable for its natural golden color and ease of finishing.

Widely used for costume jewelry, pen and pencil parts, and many other decorative items, it also is the strongest and least expensive of those copper-zinc alloys that are highly resistant to stress corrosion cracking. Highly corrosion resistant and readily deep drawn and otherwise formed, it is used for a multitude of products ranging from ferrules, light fixtures and lipstick cases-to steam iron parts, sprinklers and weatherstripping. 230 red brass comes in many different product forms including sheet, strip, pipe, tube, and wire. Common fabrication processes for 230 red brass are blanking, drawing, forming and bending, heating and upsetting, shearing, and stamping.

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  Cu Fe Pb Zn
Min/Max 84.0 - 86.0 0.05 0.05 Rem.
Nominal 85 15
Joining Technique Suitability
Soldering Excellent
Brazing Excellent
Oxyacetylene Welding Good
Gas Shielded Arc Welding Good
Coated Metal Arc Welding Not Recommended
Spot Weld Fair
Seam Weld Not Recommended
Butt Weld Good
Capacity for Being Cold Worked Excellent
Capacity for Being Hot Formed Good
Machinability Rating: 30
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Common Fabrication Processes For
230 red Brass

Blanking, coining, drawing, etching, forming and bending, heading and upsetting, piercing and punching, and knurling, shearing, squeezing and swaging, stamping

Typical Uses

Trim, etching parts, weather strip
Builders Hardware
Kick plates
Rouge boxes, dials, coinage, tokens, lipstick containers, fire extinguisher cases, costume jewelry, compacts, plaques, medallions, nameplates, badges, zippers
Rotor bars, AC motors, sockets, screw shells, conduit
Eyelets, fasteners
Condenser tubes, pickling crates, radiator cores, heat exchangers, flexible metal hose, fire extinguishers, pump cylinder liners, tags, tubing for heat exchangers, tubing for instrumentation, heat exchanger shells, fire hose couplings
Pump lines, pipe, service lines, J-bends, traps, pipe service lines, pipe nipples, fittings