How does bare copper compare to beryllium copper? The two materials do have a lot in common, but the amount of differences between the two makes it so that they should not be used interchangeably. Knowing the differences between the two ensures that you use the right materials for manufacturing. Below, we want to take the time to go over some of the core differences between the two materials. Beryllium copper is considered a copper alloy that plated other metals, which include beryllium, nickel, cobalt, iron, and lead. By adding these metals to base copper, it endows final materials with unique and desirable properties.
Copper and beryllium copper are known to have high thermal and electrical conductivity. Copper has an electrical conductivity that reaches 100%. Beryllium copper, or BeCu, ranges from 15-30%. Knowing what levels you need for your applications will make your material choice simple.
Copper is known as a softer metal that has a lack of oxygen. As a result, copper is used in joining welding applications. Copper is soft, but BeCu is strong. Beryllium copper is substantially more durable than copper. When compared with other copper-based alloys, BeCu is arguably the strongest.
Copper is commonly used as an ornamental or aesthetic material that heightens a product’s appearance. BeCu, on the other hand, as a plated wire, is more known for industrial applications. The alloy is typically used to build internal components. A straight and cut wire is commonly made from this material.
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