Phosphor Bronze 5% A Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview

Phosphor bronze 5% A wire mesh (aka C510 phos bronze wire mesh) is a bronze alloy nominally comprised of 94.8% copper, 5% tin, and 0.2% phosphorus, with small additions of zinc (0.15%), iron (0.05%), and lead (0.025%). The 5% tin helps to increase its strength and resistance to corrosion, and 0.2% phosphorus helps to increase its stiffness and wear resistance. As such, phosphor bronze is used as opposed to 90-10 commercial bronze when weaving fine bronze meshes with small wire diameters (i.e. 200 mesh .0021″ dia phos bronze). C510 phos bronze wire mesh possesses a superior combination of strength and ductility compared to other brass (i.e. 65-35 yellow brass) and bronze (i.e. 90-10 commercial bronze) wire cloth materials. When compared to C519 phos bronze and C51980 phos bronze, C510 phos bronze is a weaker material. Some characteristics of phosphor bronze 5% A wire cloth which dictate its use are:

  • Infrequently used phosphor bronze alloy for wire cloth (C519 phos bronze being the most used).
  • Weaker than other phos bronze alloys.
  • Superior strength and ductility vs. brass and commercial bronze alloys.
  • Non-magnetic in all forms.
  • Rich bronze (i.e. brown-red) in color.
  • Withstands outdoor exposure without rusting.
  • Good thermal and electrical conductivity.
  • Antimicrobial.
  • Can be cut, formed, and welded.

Industries & Applications

Phosphor bronze 5% A wire cloth is principally used in liquid filtration and particle separation, medical device, and architectural applications. Additional industries and applications which commonly use C510 phos bronze wire cloth include:

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  • Artistic
  • Cabinets
  • Ceiling Panels
  • Chandeliers
  • Chemical
  • Decorative
  • Fireplace Screens
  • Infill Panels
  • Jewelry
  • Marine
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Sports Locker Rooms
  • Wine Lockers

Common Aliases

Phosphor bronze 5% A is also commonly referred to as:

  • UNS C51000
  • Phosphor bronze 5% Grade A
  • CDA 510 phosphor bronze
  • C510 phosphor bronze
  • CuSn5 phosphor bronze
  • CW451K phosphor bronze
  • PB102 phosphor bronze

Phosphor Bronze 5% A Wire Mesh – Typical Chemistry

UNS C51000 - Phosphor Bronze 5% Grade A Wire Mesh - Typical Chemistry
AlloyStandard(s)Limits
(%)
Phosphorus
(P)
Copper
(Cu)
Tin
(Sn)
Lead
(Pb)
Iron
(Fe)
Zinc
(Zn)
Other EachOther Total
C51000
Phosphor Bronze 5% Grade A
ASTM B159Min0.0304.200000
Max0.35Balance5.80.050.10.30.50.5

Typical Standards

Phosphor Bronze 5% A Wire Cloth – Harmonized Tariff Codes: Chapter 74

Woven C510 Phos Bronze Wire Mesh:

  • HTS Code: 7419990680

Manufacture/Supply-to-Order Capability

Phoenix Wire Cloth can manufacture-to-order any combination of mesh opening size + wire diameter(s) to supply you with the woven phosphor bronze 5% A wire mesh, bolting cloth, milling cloth, or filter cloth that you require. In addition, we can slit, cut, punch, form, heat treat, powder coat, etc. C510 phos bronze wire mesh to deliver the exact material you require.

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