Resource Library

Copper Development Association provides a range of resources in support of the correct and efficient use of copper and copper alloys for major applications.

Most of our publications are downloadable electronically and a few are available as hard copies.  Use the search option or click on a category to see the publications/software listed under that topic.

If you can't find the information you are looking for, try the following:

  • FAQs - on alloys and applications
  • Copper Key - for equivalents of copper alloys worldwide, their chemical compositions, material designation and national standards
  • Copper Data Center - a searchable database of over 60,000 scientific abstracts from research papers related to the application of copper
  • Copper Life Cycle Data - for up-to-date life cycle data on key copper products
  • Kompass - for supplier listings

or use our technical support service, Contact an Expert.
    CDA Inc Technical Reference Library
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, coppers, technical
    The US Copper Development Association provides access to its Technical Reference Library free of charge in an effort to increase knowledge of the role of copper in the environment.
    Copper Key
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, coppers, standards
    Online software giving chemical composition of copper alloys worldwide, their material designation and national standard. Automatically gives equivalent materials from international, European and other national standards and enables chemical compositions to be compared (on the German Copper Centre site).
    DKI i.18 Recommended Machining Parameters for Copper and Copper Alloys
    Industrial, Design and manufacture
    alloys, brass, coppers, machining
    This update by DKI aims to address the concerns of practitioners, helping them to find the most effective and economical solutions to their metal cutting problems. It also assists designers and development engineers when comparing the machinability of different materials, making it easier to estimate the fabrication costs of a particular part. Tables have been brought up to date to reflect the most recent materials standards. 2010. 64pp.
    Microstructures of Copper and Copper Alloys
    Design and manufacture
    coppers, alloys
    Photo micrographs of commercially important and/or metallurgically interesting copper and copper alloys and processings (on the CDA Inc site).
    Pub 022 - Copper for Busbars - Guidance on Design and Installation
    £ 0.00
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    busbars, coppers, design, electrical, installation
    This 2014 update of a classic, 1936 publication provides the information needed to design efficient, economic and reliable busbar systems.
    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 106 - Corrosion Resistance of Copper and Copper Alloys
    Marine
    gunmetal, alloys, brass, bronze, copper-nickel, coppers, corrosion, nickel silver, resistance
    This large table gives information on the suitability of copper and copper alloys with many different chemicals. Data is given for copper, brass, copper-nickel, aluminium bronze and gunmetals at three temperatures and shows if specific materials can be used with chemicals giving an indication of corrosion resistance. 5pp.
    Pub 120 - Copper and Copper Alloys: Compositions, Applications and Properties
    £ 0.00
    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 121 - Copper - The Vital Metal
    £ 0.00
    coppers, alloys, applications, history, schools
    An illustrated introduction to the history, metallurgy, production, and applications of copper and copper alloys. (Revision of Book 1). 1998. 42pp.
    Pub 122 - High Conductivity Copper for Electrical Engineering
    Electrical systems, Energy and renewables
    coppers, alloys, conductivity , electric conductivity, electrical, engineer, standards
    This publication describes the electrical and mechanical properties of high conductivity copper and copper alloys that are intended for use in electrical applications. 2016. 32pp.
    Pub 223 - Copper for Contacts
    Electrical systems
    alloys, applications, contacts, coppers, electrical
    This publication looks at the properties required for contact materials, and to identify those applications in which copper or copper alloys have special advantages. 1980, revised 2015. 36pp.
    Pub TN27 - High Conductivity Coppers: Technical Data
    Electrical systems
    alloys, conductivity , coppers, electrical, property, standards, technical
    These data sheets, originally published in a series from 1968 - 1972, cover all the main coppers and copper alloys. They 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 TN44 - Machining Brass, Copper and Copper Alloys
    £ 0.00
    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.
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