Brass Rod Technical Information

Product Literature

Product Literature

Along with some of its more common brass and bronze alloys, product literature for Mueller Brass Company’s EcoStream™ lead free and low lead brass alloys are available for download below. For more information on these and other alloys not listed, please contact Mueller Brass Company’s Customer Service at 800-553-3336.

For downloadable copies of MSDS Sheets, ISO Certifications, PED Certifications, and other information, please go to the Download Center of our website.


For the cost estimation of parts and components made from brass alloys, the unit weight of a particular diameter and shape of brass rod or bar is often an invaluable piece of information. The formula for calculating the unit weight (lbs/ft) of brass is as follows:

A quick reference table of unit weights for specific diameters of standard shapes of C36000 – Free Cutting Brass has been compiled for your reference. A copy of this table is available for download by clicking on the graphic on the right.


Specification Cross Reference Guide Table

The following table is a guide which cross indexes the principle specifications systems used in the United States against the European System for some of the more common alloys. Please contact Mueller Brass Company directly should you have any questions, or are in need of additional information.

ASTM / EN Specification Cross Reference GuideCLICK HERE

Additional Tools & Resources


Copper Development Association (CDA) - High-Speed Machining

In response to continuing pressures placed on brass consumers to be competitive, and to offset many of the challenges associated with alternative lead free alloy options, the Copper Development Association (CDA initiated a multi-phase study to challenge current conventional machining paradigms and investigate the potential and merits of machining brass at higher speeds.

With its long-standing tenure as an industry leader in the brass rod industry, Mueller Brass Company offered its expertise and experience as a contributing participant in this study. Also participating in this study were companies representing other aspects of manufacturing ranging from tooling companies to machine builders.

Although the study is not yet fully completed, some preliminary findings and compelling observations support and lend credence to the ability and merits of machining brass rod material at higher than conventional speeds. Concurrently, with these higher speeds are merits and contributions, which will inevitably aid manufacturers with competitive pressures, but also lead to additional opportunities by converting other materials to brass.

As a resource to our existing and future customers, Mueller Brass is providing below, a link to CDA’s website ( The website not only compiles and summarizes the potential and merits realized when machining brass at higher speeds, but also substantiates these theories through a repository of compelling videos, white papers and case studies (all available for download).

CDA Future-Proof Technology Brass Whitepaper > Download PDF

CDA Economic Value of Brass Recycling Whitepaper > Download PDF

Should you have additional questions or would like additional information, please contact your Mueller Brass Company representative. 


Copper Development Association (CDA) - Properties of Wrought and Cast Copper Alloys

Copper Development Association

In addition to the literature on the alloys produced by Mueller Brass Company, another valuable resource is the Copper Development Association’s “Properties of Wrought and Cast Copper Alloys” database. From standard alloys like C36000 Free Cutting Brass to Newly developed alloys like Mueller Brass Company’s C27450 Lead Free Brass, CDA’s database is a comprehensive and searchable compilation of hundreds of wrought and cast copper alloys and their respective chemistries and properties. This resource is free to the public and can be accessed by clicking the following link:


Application Data Sheets – Copper Development Association

Application Data Sheets

Why use brass?? Aside from the obvious merits of using brass alloys that range from aesthetics to corrosion resistance, one aspect when determining which material to use is cost. Because the issue of cost is such an important aspect on part design and material selection, the Copper Development Association has performed case studies where some typically non-brass parts were made with C36000 free cutting brass. The case studies in this section provide anecdotal examples and comparative benefits from manufacturing the part from brass.

(Note: Costs of both brass and ‘non-brass materials (i.e. steel, aluminum, etc.) fluctuate with market conditions; but the assumptions made in these case studies are consistent with prices that have existed over the years. There is no intent to imply the prices assumed here are current; however, they reasonably represent the metals relative to market prices.)