The Bronze Age began around 3000 BC when early man started to work heavily with metals, particularly bronze. Stone tools and weapons soon gave way to newer, stronger bronze variations. During this time period, bronze was the strongest metal in widespread use. The discovery of bronze allowed societies to created harder, more durable versions of tools and weapons previously made from stone or other less than ideal materials. Initially, bronze was made by alloying copper with arsenic, but over time arsenic would be replaced with an easier to work with and less toxic ingredient; tin.
This era is also characterized by early features of urban civilization such as a rise in nations and early writing systems. Many key technological advances occurred during this era, including the wheel and rope. At the time, bronze was mainly used to make bladed weapons, armor, building material and tools. Today, bronze is used to make anything from coins to turbines (insert joke about 3 place medals here) and even…. (You guessed it!) Flanges!!
Bronze flanges are utilized in many industries, such as aerospace, petrochemical, nuclear, medical, and other industrial applications. If you are looking for a bronze or even copper alloy flange, please reach out to our sales team and we would be more than happy to discuss price and lead time per your order requirements.
The birth and growth of the Bronze Age may have been steady and happened across ~1,000-1,500 years, but the end was abrupt and quite widespread. To this day, the exact cause of these Bronze Age kingdoms collapsing remains unclear. Archaeological evidence indicates that sociopolitical unrest and natural disasters (Such as severe droughts) are possible causes in the untimely end and loss of many of the advances made during this era. Historians also think a possible disruption in trade routes may have caused shortages of materials, leading to metal smiths of the time experimenting with iron as an alternative.
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