Materials: Non-Ferrous Metals
Tin is characterized by
a low-melting point (450°F), fluidity when
molten, readiness to form alloys with other
metals, relative softness, and good formability.
The metal is nontoxic, solderable, and has
a high boiling point. The temperature range
between melting and boiling points exceeds
that for nearly all other metals (which
facilitates casting). Upon severe deformation,
tin and tin-rich alloys work soften. Principal
uses for tin are as a constituent of solder
and as a coating for steel (tinplate, or
terneplate). Tin is also used in bronze,
pewter, and bearing alloys.