Basic Considerations for Choosing Brass Extrusions

To meet the demands of different industries, metal companies make their brass extrusions in various shapes and sizes. While T-shapes, angles, channels, and the like have different applications, they more or less have the same design considerations that consumers need to take into account.

 

For examples, brass extrusions should have a uniform thickness in their internal and external walls. This is very important for two reasons: first, thickness determines the extrusion’s durability, and second, because discrepancies in thickness can result in a loose fit between the extrusion and the adjacent material. However, some extrusions can have different wall thicknesses for special reasons, like to provide additional durability by reducing the thickness at the extrusion’s center of gravity.

 

Each metal supplier has different thickness standards for brass components, but the minimum thickness should be 1/8”; a measure that comfortably strikes a balance between durability and malleability. Again, some extrusions can forego this measure depending on certain situations, such as when the consumer needs them to fit into irregularly-shaped materials, at which case the minimum should be 0.080”.

 

Both of these considerations determine the extrusion’s overall profile, which determines its stability and cost. The thicker or ‘more solid’ the extrusion, the cheaper and more stable it will be for application. Unfortunately, solid profile extrusions may not fit well into irregularly-shaped materials, like cylinders, which usually need hollow profile extrusions instead.

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