Brass Scrap Metal in Houston

Recycle Brass Scrap Metal at the South Post Oak Recycling Center

Brass is a common alloy metal created from a mixture of copper and zinc. It's commonly used in decoration due to its gold-like appearance, in applications where low-friction movement is desired such as locks and hinges, where workability is required, such as in historic brass instruments that were formed by hand, and in situations where it is vital to safety that a spark not be formed, such as around flammable gasses.

Though its usage goes back millenniums to prehistoric times, it was probably developed unintentionally by the smelting of high-zinc copper ore and only developed as an intentional alloy after the medieval period using a semi-sealed crucible at lower furnace temperatures to infuse the copper with the zinc mineral gasses. Today, brass is used extensively in plumbing, decoration, non-sparking applications, germicidal applications due to the high copper content and many other applications.

Properties of Brass

Because brass is an alloy, no single sample can provide all the properties across the board. The ratio of metals can be changed to get a brass that meets particular needs in terms of malleability and durability, and can include additional small amounts of metals such as phosphorus, arsenic, manganese, silicon and aluminum to impart particular properties. For example, adding aluminum strengthens the alloy and makes it resistant to corrosion, going so far as to create a self-healing coating of aluminum oxide on the surface of the metal, as does tin, hence the use of tin in naval brass.

Brass also has exceptional acoustic properties which, combined with its extensive malleability, made it a prime choice for instrument makers who would often hand-form brass horns and bells. The lower melting point makes it a primary choice for casting metal objects.

Brass Grades

To get the best possible prices from any recyclable metal, you need to sort and clean it for the best prices.

Yellow brass is the most common type, while red brass has a higher copper content and commands a higher price. Rifle brass recycles the part left after ammunition is fired and has a lower price due to additional cleaning requirements. Brass slag and turnings are recycled with price based on quality. Clean metal always commands a higher price than dirty metals, but silvertone plating is not considered enough contamination to warrant a lower price. Consumers can recycle and get paid for recycling scrap metal in Houston at a facility such as South Post Oak Recycling Center.

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