We offer a wide range of sizes and alloys in our Copper Division. Although the Copper segment is fairly new to the Atlas Bronze product line, we have definitely acquired an extensive and well-rounded inventory to compliment both the small machine shop needs to high-production requirements.
And using copper comes with some benefits, too, such as:
Copper alloys are metal alloys that have copper as their principal component.
The major applications of copper are in electrical wires (60%), roofing and plumbing (20%) and industrial machinery (15%). Copper is mostly used as a metal, but when a higher hardness is required it is combined with other elements to make an alloy (5% of total use) such as brass and bronze.
Copper can be used in pots and pans used for cooking, pipes, tubes, electrical wires, as in textiles, paints, and wood as a preservative or pigment. Even most of our motor vehicles can contain copper.
Why is copper a good choice for electrical wires?
Electrical wires have to meet certain standards. They must be a highly conductive metal for energy to pass through easily. Because the length and volume of electrical wires is so great, it needs to be an affordable metal. It needs to have high ductility and malleability so that it can travel through walls, floors, ceilings, and so forth, without breaking or reducing conductivity. And, because electricity can bring the heat, it needs to have thermal-resistant properties.
Electrical wires are one of the things copper wires are commonly used for as it meets all the demands.
Does copper corrode?
Corrosion is the reaction between the surface of the metal and the environment. Copper has very little when used in a dry atmosphere. Otherwise it will oxidize rather quickly, placing a discoloration of tarnish or patina on the surface without compromising the metal. It is important to note that this tarnish only affects the outside appearance and does not reflect any deterioration.
Does copper rust?
No, copper does not rust. In order for a metal to rust it has to contain a certain percentage of iron - and copper does not. Therefore it may corrode over time, but it will never rust.
Why is copper so valuable?
Copper is always in high demand. It has great characteristics for a metal - thermal resistant, easily bent, molded, and stretched without damaging, corrosion resistant, and more. Plus, it can be 100% recycled. In fact, copper is so valuable that it has become the target of thieves.
Can copper be used for water applications?
Yes, absolutely. Copper is often used in plumbing, carrying water, and the like to and from homes. It can be bent without compromising its integrity and used throughout homes and businesses.
Copper cannot be used in most maritime applications, as it is one of the least resistant metals to salt-related corrosion. However, some areas of ship buildings do make use of the metal, such as for evaporators and extra protection of the hull.
How long do copper pipes last?
Copper piping can last for many years, especially those used in homes or businesses. You may even get 50 to 100 years out of copper piping before it needs to be replaced. It all comes down to the exposure it gets to the surrounding environment - and what that environment is.
What if I am unsure copper is the right metal for my needs?
There are many metals to choose from, each having its own special set of characteristics. If you are not sure whether you are investing in the best choice for your needs, then give the experts at Atlas Bronze at (800) 478-0887.