Bronze tubes are shaped from Alloy C385, also known in the industry as architectural bronze. Its elemental composition is 57% of copper, with 40% zinc, and about 2.5 to 3% lead. It is the lead content of this alloy that gives it a good thermal conductivity, as well as its resistance to damage when lubricants are applied.
Bronze tubes come in varying lengths and shapes, such as square, round, or rectangular. The tubes are also classified by metal suppliers by their nominal diameters, which is the measure across the outside of the tube. Here are some of the known applications of architectural bronze tubes.
Being highly resistant to water damage, bronze, like other copper alloys are used in many plumbing systems. They are ideal for use in distribution of hot and cold water across homes and other commercial establishments. Bronze is also a component of many valves and fittings.
Bronze tubes and copper pipes with smaller diameters are also used for natural gas systems that distribute to homes and other areas. Thanks to the material’s flexibility, it can be installed within walls without taking up too much space. Plus, bronze’s durability and larger internal inflow area per outside dimension can withstand the gas pressure.
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
As mentioned before, bronze tubes can take on very low and very high temperatures, making them vital components in heating and air conditioning systems. In the industry, copper alloys such as bronze have exhibited up to eight times more resistance to temperature damage as compared to aluminum tubes or pipes.