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Description and Application

AMPCO-TRODE® 160 aluminum bronze coated electrodes produce a deposit of high strength and good ductility with a nominal hardness of 160 Brinell as applied by the shielded metal-arc process.

AMPCO-TRODE® 160 is recommended for joining aluminum bronzes (AMPCO® 18), ferrous and dissimilar metals requiring higher strength than produced by AMPCO-TRODE® 10 filler metal.

The deposit has excellent bearing characteristics and is suitable for overlaying bearing surfaces subject to normal wear and shock. The deposit has properties which make it resistant to “squashing out” in bearing service.


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Typical Applications

Bronze castings Strip mill guides Bearing overlays
Crane contact shoes Driving sprockets Drop hammers
Manipulator slides Gate valves Sheaves
Pistons Mill slippers Turbine runners
Packing glands Valve seat overlays


Limiting Chemical Composition
% (deposited weld metal)
Copper* Balance
Aluminum 9.50 – 11.50
Iron 2.50 – 5.00
Silicon 1.5 max.
Others 0.50 max.
* including silver
Mechanical Properties
(Nominal all-weld metal values)
Tensile Strength ksi 89 (614 MPa)
Yield Strength ksi 47 (324 MPa)
Elongation % in 2″ (51 mm) 15
Reduction of Area % 17
Hardness (HBW 10/3000) on 1/4″ (6.4mm) deposit 160


AWS A5.6 Class E CuAl-B
*Hardness will vary depending on quality of the weld and experience and knowhow of the welder.

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AMPCO-TRODE® 160 Technical Data Sheet