Choosing the Best Cast Iron Alloy
It's tough to decide when it's best to go with a Bronze Alloy or a Brass Alloy, no matter what the end use for your cast iron castings. The answer to settling this debate lies in knowing how different bronze alloys work and how they relate to the end use of your castings.
First let's get into the advantages of the Bronze Alloy versus the Brass Alloy. You may not think it, but there are several things about Bronze that make it more practical than Brass. Let's take a closer look at some of these benefits:
The biggest advantage of the Bronze Alloy over a Brass Alloy is that it is stronger. The reason for this is because you can use a larger amount of alloy for a smaller weight of metal. This means that your parts will be stronger and the parts made of other metals (such as steel) will not hold up to your brass casting as well.
When you decide that you need to go with a Bronze Alloy over a Brass Alloy the next question that should arise is whether or not you should go with something made entirely out of Bronze. Although Brass has the same number of benefits as Bronze, it's harder to control the strength of it is often brittle.
If you do decide to go with a Brass Alloy instead of a Bronze all the way, you have an even greater choice to make. In fact, there are several different types of bronze alloy that are used in different applications. For example, you can use bronze with aluminum so that it is able to take on both elements, or you can use bronze with steel so that it can take on other elements like nickel plating.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you are not limited by what type of Bronze alloy you use for your projects. You can also use the Bronze alloys made out of various types of steel.
Steel is extremely tough and durable. Since it can withstand high temperatures, it can stand up to a variety of things while holding its own against a lot of other elements, which is what makes it such a useful alloy for a lot of things. There are a few things that you should keep in mind though when choosing a steel alloy for your cast iron castings though:
The biggest disadvantage of using a steel alloy in your castings is the fact that it is going to be more expensive than other options. However, this is something that can easily be controlled when you know how to choose your steel alloy. Here are some things to look at:
If you are able to control what type of metal you use to make your castings you are going to save money and time as well. This is important since making cast iron casting can be a very complicated thing to get right.