Copper and Copper Alloys – General Information

Introduction to Copper and Copper Alloys

Copper is the best metal used by man. Its use dates back to prehistoric times. Copper has been mined for more than 10,000 years with a Copper pendant found in current day Iraq being dated to 8700BC. By 5000BC Copper was being smelted from simple Copper Oxides.

Copper is found as native metal and in minerals cuprite, malachite, azurite, chalcopyrite and bornite. It is also often a by-product of silver production. Sulphides, oxides and carbonates are the most important ores.

Copper and Copper alloys are some of the most versatile engineering materials available. The combination of physical properties such as strength, conductivity, corrosion resistance, machinability and ductility make Copper suitable for a wide range of industrial applications. These mechanical properties can be further enhanced with variations in composition and manufacturing methods.

Construction industry related applications for Copper include:

  • Roofing
  • Cladding
  • Rainwater systems
  • Heating systems
  • Water pipes and fittings
  • Oil and gas lines
  • Electrical wiring

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