Category Archive: DZR Brass

Bronze vs. Brass Valves

Bronze and brass have similar compositions, appearances, and applications. They are both widely used copper alloy materials for valves, but they have different properties and price points. We’ll discuss these properties in more detail here, as well as their specific applications and advantages.

Bronze Valves

Bronze Valves

Bronze valves date back to the Romans during the first century B.C. Today, bronze is still primarily made from copper and tin, but modern additives typically include aluminum or manganese. Some bronze alloys can hold a polish if they contain nickel or lead, but generally bronze has a rough, porous finish.

Bronze valves can only be made by mold casting or machining cast ingots.

Brass Valves

Bronze Valves

Brass is a copper and zinc alloy. Brass valves are more versatile and malleable than bronze, and they can be made through casting, heat extrusion, forging, or cold drawing. The material naturally has a smooth finish that can save on finishing costs.

Brass is extremely corrosion-resistant, but prolonged exposure to chlorine or water can break down the zinc in the metal. Valves made of brass are ideal for natural gas and potable water applications.

Applications of Bronze Valves vs Brass Valves

Bronze vs. Brass Valves

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Because of their specific properties, bronze valves are best suited for the following applications and industries:

  • Petrochemical
  • Marine
  • Safety relief
  • Flow direction control
  • Flow shut-off
  • Flow Control

Brass valves are uniquely suited to these applications:

  • Air and liquid shut-off
  • Natural gas shut-off
  • Flow direction control
  • Potable water
  • Flow Control

Advantages of DZR Brass vs. Yellow Brass Valves

Bronze Valves

DZR brass, or dezincification-resistant brass, refers to brass with particular elements that resist the removal of zinc by water. With non-DZR brass, continuous water flow could leave behind a weak and porous copper structure. DZR brass is ideal for pipes, fittings, and valves for potable water, or high-pressure water situations, such as waterworks.

DZR brass is formulated through a heat treatment process to resist dezincification and increase strength. In contrast, ordinary yellow brass water valves can corrode quickly. They are generally cheaper and easier to machine.. DZR brass valves are superior because of their higher copper content and lower lead and zinc content. The longevity benefits of DZR brass far outweigh any financial savings from using yellow brass valves.


With these properties of brass and bronze valves in mind, you can make a more informed decision for your valve application. RED-WHITE VALVE CORP. has provided top-notch service to the plumbing, commercial, HVAC, and industrial markets since 1971. We offer a vast selection of products, including standard valves and lead-free valves. Contact us for information or to start your project.

Advantages of DZR Brass Valves

Dezincification-resistant (DZR) brass can help prevent corrosion from negatively affecting various components, including valves used in a number of applications. Although many applications use valves and other fittings made from normal brass alloys, certain impurities could cause a type of corrosion known as dezincification. In applications where dezincification is a risk, DZR brass valves provide enhanced protection to maximize the longevity of certain components.

Here we’ll review what dezincification specifically is and how DZR brass valves and other parts can protect against it.

What Is Dezincification?


Brass is a combination of mostly copper and zinc. While copper is un-reactive, it is vulnerable to damage and extremely malleable. Zinc, on the other hand, is strong but reactive and more easily corroded. When the two metals combine to form brass, the resulting metal is ideally both strong and un-reactive, featuring the favorable properties of copper and zinc. However, normal brass is potentially still vulnerable to corrosion in the form of dezincification.

Dezincification entails the loss of zinc through corrosion because of its reactiveness. It’s a certain type of corrosion process resulting from water contact. In turn, water removes zinc from the copper alloy, forming a copper-rich and porous metal with compromised mechanical strength. Specifically, the removal of zinc leaves a layer of Cu and Cu oxide. Over time, further corrosion can continue underneath this layer, gradually leaving weaker copper in place of more durable brass. An in-service valve suffering from dezincification can have a white powdery substance or mineral stains on its exterior surface.

If dezincification is allowed to continue, the corrosion will eventually weaken the metal and enable gases or liquids to seep through it.

What Is DZR Brass?

DZRDezincification-resistant (DZR) brass helps prevent dezincification of brass materials, increasing their lifespan and enabling various applications to benefit from consistent durability. Many parts feature DZR brass construction, including fittings and valves in potable water and other types of environments with corrosive water.

DZR brass’s composition features superior strength that makes it suitable for a wider range of applications in need of a reliable metal product.

Generally, DZR brass includes higher copper content along with lower zinc content. NSF lead free* DZR alloys are also available. Additionally, other trace elements compose this metal. A unique heat treatment process further enhances the properties of DZR brass.

Quality Assurance

Strict control over every stage of the manufacturing process helps assure dezincification resistance. It’s important for fabricators to have control over casting, brass rod production, heat treating, and shaping, along with other processes, to eliminate the possibility of corrosion. It’s equally crucial to have total control over major alloying elements, and manufacturers must also exclude any unwanted impurities.

Following heat treatment, dezincification tests can perform periodic checks on components, which helps make sure that the heat treatment was successful and that the metal features the correct composition. The closely controlled dezincification test involves 24-hour exposure to a type of hot cupric chloride solution. At RED-WHITE VALVE CORP., our products undergo the ISO 6957:1988 (Copper alloys – Ammonia test for stress corrosion resistance) test. This uses a test solution with a pH of 9.5. Following exposure, the test applies slight deformation to samples prior to inspection, which reveals fine cracks and other faults.

Reliable DZR Brass Products from RED-WHITE VALVE CORP.

DZR brass valves and other products can increase the strength of systems exposed to highly corrosive water, eliminating the need for frequent maintenance and the replacement of parts. RED-WHITE VALVE CORP. offers a wide selection of DZR brass products to meet the needs of a diverse range of applications.

For more information about our products and assistance with finding the right product for your application, contact us today.