Along with some of its more common brass and bronze alloys, product literature for Mueller Brass Company’s EcoStream™ lead free and low lead brass alloys are available for download below. For more information on these and other alloys not listed, please contact Mueller Brass Company’s Customer Service at 800-553-3336.
For downloadable copies of MSDS Sheets, ISO Certifications, PED Certifications, and other information, please go to the Download Center of our website.
For the cost estimation of parts and components made from brass alloys, the unit weight of a particular diameter and shape of brass rod or bar is often an invaluable piece of information. The formula for calculating the unit weight (lbs/ft) of brass is as follows:
A quick reference table of unit weights for specific diameters of standard shapes of C36000 – Free Cutting Brass has been compiled for your reference. A copy of this table is available for download by clicking on the graphic on the right.
Specification Cross Reference Guide Table
The following table is a guide which cross indexes the principle specifications systems used in the United States against the European System for some of the more common alloys. Please contact Mueller Brass Company directly should you have any questions, or are in need of additional information.
ASTM / EN Specification Cross Reference Guide, CLICK HERE
Additional Tools & Resources
Copper Development Association (CDA) – High Speed Machining of Brasses
In light of the ever increasing pressures on brass consumers to be competitive, and to offset many the challenges associated with alternative lead free alloy options, the Copper Development Association recently presented a summary of its results from the first phase of a multi-phase study pertaining to the high speed machining of brass and its potential.
The purpose of undertaking this study was to see if leaded and non-leaded brasses could be machined at higher rates, which, in turn, could improve cycle times and throughput thus reducing manufacturing costs and overcoming some of the paradigms associated with the machining of lead free brasses.
CDA, with the participation of Mueller Brass Company and other companies, undertook and shepherded this project with the intention of providing insight and tools to aid manufacturers further realize the merits of brass in the US market place.
Copper Development Association (CDA) - Properties of Wrought and Cast Copper Alloys
In addition to the literature on the alloys produced by Mueller Brass Company, another valuable resource is the Copper Development Association’s “Properties of Wrought and Cast Copper Alloys” database. From standard alloys like C36000 Free Cutting Brass to Newly developed alloys like Mueller Brass Company’s C27450 Lead Free Brass, CDA’s database is a comprehensive and searchable compilation of hundreds of wrought and cast copper alloys and their respective chemistries and properties. This resource is free to the public and can be accessed by clicking the following link:
Application Data Sheets – Copper Development Association
Why use brass?? Aside from the obvious merits of using brass alloys that range from aesthetics to corrosion resistance, one aspect when determining which material to use is cost. Because the issue of cost is such an important aspect on part design and material selection, the Copper Development Association has performed case studies where some typically non-brass parts were made with C36000 free cutting brass. The case studies in this section provide anecdotal examples and comparative benefits from manufacturing the part from brass.
(Note: Costs of both brass and ‘non-brass materials (i.e. steel, aluminum, etc.) fluctuate with market conditions; but the assumptions made in these case studies are consistent with prices that have existed over the years. There is no intent to imply the prices assumed here are current; however, they reasonably represent the metals relative to market prices.)