Bronze is an alloy that consists primarily of copper, and it exhibits many of the same uses as copper. Bronze had the same malleability, durability and ductility. In the wire mesh industry, commercial bronze wire mesh is the alloy commonly available from stock or through custom manufacturing. Typically, commercial bronze wire mesh has a material chemical composition of: 90% Copper, 10% Zinc.
Bronze woven wire mesh is superior to brass wire mesh in resistance to atmospheric corrosion, which is a reason that bronze wire mesh is commonly used in insect screen. Additionally, when compared to a copper woven wire mesh, bronze wire mesh is harder and less malleable. It is used in industrial applications where separation or filtration is needed or by builders or architects for a unique residential project. Bronze wire mesh has a brownish-red color, and this industrial product is increasingly popular for use in decorative and artistic applications.
Lawrence Sintered Metals specializes in stocking a wide range of popularly requested bronze wire meshes, most notably the standard or market grades. Interestingly, when the mesh count reaches 100 x 100 mesh with a diameter wire of .0045” or finer, phosphorous bronze wire mesh becomes the standard in the industry. The chemical composition of phosphorous bronze wire mesh differs from bronze wire mesh in that a small of amount of phosphorous is included. Phosphorous bronze wire mesh typically has a material chemical composition of: 94% copper, 4.75% tin, and .25% phosphorous. Phos bronze, as it is commonly referred to within the industry, exhibits physical and anti-corrosive properties slightly superior to copper and brass.