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Metal Glossary


Beryllium Copper

Copper alloys with 1.5 to 2% Beryllium additions that have the highest strengths of all Copper Alloys by both heat treatment (solution treatment and age hardening) and cold working.


Beta Brass

A brass with very high Zinc content. It will have a predominantly beta phase microstructure, be brittle and used only as a brazing filler alloy.


Beta Phase

A phase in the microstructure of brasses that contain more than about 36% Zinc. Beta phase adversely affects the cold formability of brasses and hot working processes, such as hot stamping, are preferred.

Related terms: Alpha-Beta Brass, Duplex Brass


Blister Copper

Copper of about 98% purity obtained by 'converting' copper matte.

Related terms: Converting Process, Copper Matte



Bronze

Any alloy of Copper and Tin.