ASTM B16 Standard


The ASTM B16 Standard establishes the requirements for free-cutting brass rod, bar, wire and shapes of any specified cross-section produced in Copper Alloy No. C36000. This alloy is best known for its high-speed screw machining applications and moderate thread rolling.

The chemical requirements for C36000 brass: 60.0 to 63.0% Copper, 2.50 to 3.0% Lead, 0.35% max Iron, and remainder Zinc. The tempers produced under ASTM B16 are 060 (soft annealed), H02 (Half hard) and H04 ( Hard), with H02 (Half hard) being the most popular and most widely used.

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