Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper, commonly with tin and often with the addition of other metals such as aluminium, manganese, nickel, zinc etc.) and sometimes non-metals or metalloids such as arsenic, phosphorus or silicon. These additions produce a range of alloys that may be harder than copper alone, or have other useful properties, such as stiffness, ductility or machinability. The archeological period where bronze was the hardest metal in widespread use is known as the Bronze Age. In the ancient Near East this began with the rise of Sumer in the 4th millennium BC, with India and China starting to use bronze around the same time; everywhere it gradually spread across regions. The Bronze Age was followed by the Iron Age starting from about 1300 BC and reaching most of Eurasia by about 500 BC, though bronze continued to be much more widely used than it is in modern times. Various alloys of Bronze are -



Tin Bronze

Phosphorous Bronze

Nickel Aluminium Bronze

Aluminium Bronze

Silicon Bronze

Manganese Bronze

Leaded Bronze