When asking engineers why they use beryllium copper, one of the first things they say is the low-price point. Does that mean that when using this alloy that individuals are sacrificing beneficial characteristics? No, it does not. In fact, besides being cost-effective, beryllium copper also boasts four great properties.
Beryllium copper is widely used because of its:
Strength: beryllium copper is durable, so it is frequently used in cryogenic equipment. Beryllium copper remains strong even in cold temperatures.
Hardness: this alloy can be hardened or softened depending on the application they are being used for—this is done with different heat treatment processes. When heated one way, it becomes the hardest and strongest alloy when compared to its alloy counterparts. The hardness of beryllium copper rivals that of high-grade alloy steels
Corrosion Resistance: beryllium copper is naturally able to resist corrosion. The alloy variant 172 is used to make electronic springs and contacts, as well as oil and gas equipment components. The alloy is also used for safety features in cars, like automotive powertrain components. International communication is partially dependent upon marine telecom components that operate underwater with beryllium copper wires. Beryllium copper can withstand corrosion in all the above settings.
Thermal and Electrical Conductivity: Unlike similar alloys, beryllium copper efficiently transmits electricity and heat. That is why it is frequently used for computer components, electronic connectors, and telecommunication products.
We offer beryllium copper in a wide array of different tempers.
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