- a bronze, composed of about 80 percent copper, 10 percent tin, 9 percent antimony, and 1 percent phosphorus, having great hardness and resistance to corrosion.
Origin of phosphor bronze
First recorded in 1870–75
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The air chamber is made of the finest compressed steel, or of phosphor-bronze, a third of an inch thick.The Romance of Modern Invention
This contact is made by tripping a little lever by means of a toothed wheel of phosphor-bronze.
The power is applied directly to the work, the only friction being that of the steel shaft in phosphor-bronze bearings.
If great tensile strength is wanted, iron or steel will supply it at a fraction of the cost of phosphor-bronze.
Phosphor-bronze in a line of given length and resistance has 3.84 times the weight of soft copper.
- any of various hard corrosion-resistant alloys containing copper, tin (2–8 per cent), and phosphorus (0.1–0.4 per cent): used in gears, bearings, cylinder casings, etc
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