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Alloys are a mixture of two or more metals. Alloys enhance the properties of the material.

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  • Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.
  • Bronze is hard and resistant to corrosion.
  • Bronze is used in statues, musical instruments, and medals.
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  • Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.
  • Brass has malleable and acoustic properties.
  • Brass is used in musical instruments, plumbing fixtures, and decorative items.
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Stainless steel

  • Stainless steel is an alloy of iron, chromium, nickel, and other elements.
  • Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and heat.
  • Stainless steel is used in kitchen appliances, cutlery, and construction materials.
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  • Alnico is an alloy of aluminium, nickel, and cobalt.
  • Alnico has high magnetic strength.
  • Alnico is used in magnets, electric guitar pickups, and sensors.

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1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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