Design and Manufacture

Very easy to work with and shape into almost any form, copper offers cost-effective products for industrial applications.
Copper electrical components (courtesy FSE)

Copper and copper alloys offer an exceptionally wide range of properties to designers and manufacturers.

These include excellent thermal conductivity, the best electrical conductivity of any commercial metal, excellent corrosion resistance in the atmosphere and water, a wide range of colours giving aesthetic appeal and excellent ductility.

Our experts are able to assist designers in choosing the optimum combination of properties for a specific application as well as advising on the most appropriate manufacturing process.

An important consideration for any designer when selecting materials is recyclability; all copper alloys are fully recyclable, without loss of properties.

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    Pub TN44 - Machining Brass, Copper and Copper Alloys
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    Design and manufacture
    alloys, brass, coppers, design, Industry, machining, manufacturing
    Detailed advice on machining as a production technique. Guidance on materials selection where good machinability is important. Basic information and guidance for those who know what material is to be machined. Advice on the selection of cutting fluids. 1992. 65pp.
    Pub TN26 - Brasses, Nickel Brass and Nickel Silver - Technical Data
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, brass, Industry, manufacturing, nickel silver, property, sheet , technical
    These data sheets, originally published 1968 - 1972, contain an invaluable summary of data relating to the physical and mechanical properties of the materials at low, ambient and elevated temperatures which is not available elsewhere.
    Pub 206 - Copper Alloys in Marine Environments
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, beryllium, brass, bronze, copper-nickel, corrosion, marine, property, resistance, seawater
    This publication focuses on the properties and corrosion resistance of a wide range of copper alloys used for seawater service - ranging from commercial grades of copper through copper-nickels, bronze,  brass and copper beryllium.  It allows the reader to understand potential types of corrosion mechanisms for the different alloy types and how to avoid them. 2012. 32pp.
    Pub 177 - Brass in Focus
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, brass, design, designer, engineer, products
    Brasses are versatile and cost-effective materials, ideal for designing complex and long lasting components. Article by Ken Kempson in May/June 2004 issue of Engineering Designer. 2004. 4pp.
    Pub 157 - Preventing Biofouling with Copper Alloys
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    copper-nickel, alloys, marine, seawater, sheet , ship and boat hulls
    Long term protection against biofouling on marine structures and boat hulls can be afforded by copper-nickel in the form of sheet or as a variety of composite products; hence avoiding costly removal of fouling by mechanical means or periodic re-application of anti-fouling paints. 2002. 4pp.
    Pub 139 - Copper-nickel Welding and Fabrication
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, copper-nickel, fabricator, welding electrodes
    This publication provides an understanding of the two primary copper-nickel alloys to allow good fabrication and operational practices. Topics covered include general engineering properties of 90/10 and 70/30 copper-nickels, welding and fabrication practices and a basic overview of corrosion and biofouling resisting properties. 2013. 32pp.
    Pub 133 - Design in Brass
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, brass, design, designer, products
    Describes briefly the many British Standard wrought and cast brasses available. Gives example case histories of applications and machinability comparisons. 1998. 8pp.
    Pub 126 - Resistance to Wear of Aluminium Bronzes
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, bronze, property, resistance
    Chapter 10 from Harry Meigh's book 'Cast and Wrought Aluminium Bronzes - Properties, Processes and Structure' describing resistance to wear of aluminium bronze alloys. It also gives details of factors affecting wear and information on alloy selection. Pub 126.
    Pub 120 - Copper and Copper Alloys: Compositions, Applications and Properties
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    Design and manufacture
    alloys, beryllium, brass, bronze, copper-nickel, coppers, Industry, manufacturing, nickel silver, property, standards
    Tables of BS EN series of standards with ranges of compositions and properties for coppers and copper alloys and equivalent old British Standard materials. Revision of TN10. 2004. 26pp.
    Pub 118 - 90/10 Copper-nickel
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    copper-nickel, marine, seawater
    A four page leaflet highlighting the unique properties of the copper-nickel alloys when used in seawater environments. 1997. 10pp.
    Pub 117 - The Brasses - Properties and Applications
    £ 0.00
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, applications, brass, form, high vacuum, history, Industry, manufacturing, nickel silver, property, standards
    Compositions and properties of standard brasses in wrought and cast condition, together with details of BS and European Standards, forms available, fabrication methods and examples of typical applications. 2005. 64pp.
    Pub 115 - Aluminium Bronze with Cast Stainless Steels and Ni-resist in Offshore Seawater Environments
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, applications, bronze, corrosion, offshore, property, seawater
    This report has collated data comparing the physical, mechanical and fabrication properties of cast nickel aluminium bronze (NAB), in particular NES 747 Part 2, with cast standard and super austenitic and duplex stainless steels and Ni-Resist for use in offshore sea water applications. 1996. 22pp.
    Pub 103 - Hot Stampings in Copper Alloys
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, design, Industry, manufacturing
    A description of the hot stamping process with advice on design and detailed data on the most commonly used alloys. 1994. 20pp.
    Pub 098 - Joining of Copper and Copper Alloys
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    Design and manufacture
    alloys, brazing, Industry, manufacturing, soldering, welding electrodes
    Suitability of the many methods now available for the jointing of copper and copper alloys with details of filler materials and recommendations for good joining practice. 1994. 64pp.
    Pub 097 - Design for Production
    £ 0.00
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, design, engineer, Industry, manufacturing, products
    Describes the production processes used to produce components from coppers and copper alloys listing the advantages of each. An invaluable reference book for design engineers. 1994. 90pp.
    Pub 094 - Equilibrium Diagrams
    Design and manufacture
    coppers, alloys, property
    Industrially important copper alloy systems are discussed in terms of the relationship between their microstructure and properties and the relevant equilibrium diagram. 1993. 36pp.
    Pub 086 - Aluminium Bronze, Essential for Industry
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, bronze, corrosion, Industry, property, resistance, welding electrodes
    Illustrated 8-page leaflet highlighting the main attributes of the important aluminium bronzes including selection criteria, properties, corrosion resistance, welding and machining. 1989. 16pp.
    Pub 085 - Welding Aluminium Bronze
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, bronze, welding electrodes
    Describes the essential features of good welding practice in relation to the aluminium bronze alloys. 1980. 12pp.
    Pub 083 - Aluminium Bronze Alloys for Industry
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, applications, bronze, Industry, property
    Describes the properties, applications and fabrication of aluminium bronze alloys. 1986. 24pp.
    Pub 082 - Aluminium Bronze Alloys Technical Data
    Industrial, Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, bronze, technical
    Physical and mechanical properties at low, ambient and elevated temperatures are provided for wrought and cast aluminium bronze alloys. 1981. 93pp.
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