Beryllium copper alloys are frequently used because of their ability to combine hardness, corrosion resistance, and strength. This material has advantages that cannot be found in steel. For instance, beryllium copper has a higher thermal and electrical conductivity when compared to steel. Beryllium also has non-sparking qualities. It is also non-magnetic, which means the material can be used in many places. Beryllium copper is heat treatable, which helps to add strength to the finished product. Lastly, the alloy can be formed into wires or strips.
Beryllium copper also has a high elastic limit and even low fatigue resistance and modulus of elasticity, which is needed in some technical applications. The alloy is highly machinable, weldable, and ductile. These alloys can have different characteristics depending on the number of materials mixed. The versatility of beryllium copper wire allows for the materials to be used in a wide range of applications.
For instance, beryllium copper wires that are designed for pressure sensitive use (i.e., springs), are usually made with a low amount of beryllium in the final alloy. A die that is used for forging metals and deep drawings require harder parts so that the beryllium count will be higher.
There are many practical uses for beryllium copper alloys, and that is why it is so popular amongst many different industries. For more information about getting the right wires for you and your application, please give our talented team a call.