85-15 Red Brass Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview
85-15 red brass wire mesh (aka C230 brass wire mesh) is a brass alloy infrequently used in the industrial wire cloth world; in most applications, 90-10 commercial bronze or 65-35 yellow bronze wire cloth are used instead. As its common industry name suggests, 85-15 red brass is comprised of 85% copper and 15% zinc, with small additions of lead (0.025%) and iron (0.025%). When compared to copper wire cloth, C230 brass wire cloth possesses better abrasion resistance, hardness, and tensile strength; it also exhibits improved corrosion resistance and lower electrical conductivity. As a higher zinc content results in a stronger, more ductile brass material, 85-15 red brass is weaker and less ductile than 80-20 low brass, 70-30 cartridge brass, 65-35 yellow brass, and 60-40 muntz brass. In comparison to phosphor bronzes, C230 brass is a softer material. Some characteristics of 85-15 red brass wire cloth which dictate its use are:
- Infrequently used brass wire cloth alloy (65-35 yellow brass being the most used).
- Non-magnetic in all forms.
- Golden red hue in color.
- Withstands outdoor exposure without rusting.
- Corrodes when exposed to ammonia and other salts.
- Good thermal and electrical conductivity.
- Can be cut, formed, and welded.
Industries & Applications
85-15 red brass wire cloth is principally used in architectural, artistic, and decorative applications. Additional industries and applications which commonly use C230 brass wire cloth include: