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.
    Busbar Design Basics
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    busbars, design, electrical
    This webinar provides an introduction to busbar design concepts - choice of material, how to size busbars and how to optimise the lifetime costs, plus a demonstration of the CDA Busbar Design Software.
    Cast and Wrought Aluminium Bronzes
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, bronze, corrosion, design, manufacturing, property, resistance
    This book, commissioned by CDA, updates information contained in the standard reference work by P J Macken and A A Smith, published in 1966. It contains valuable new material on the metallurgy of aluminium bronzes, the composition and manufacturing conditions required to ensure reliable corrosion resistance - also, alloying elements, physical properties, casting processes, properties of castings, manufacture and design of castings. 1999. 434pp.
    Copper in the Automotive Industry
    £ 0.00
    alloys, applications, corrosion, design, property, transport, treatments
    A comprehensive source of information on the properties, production, processing and applications of copper and copper alloys, of interest to metallurgical, development, design and testing engineers in the automotive and other industries using copper.
    Copper Is...
    aesthetic, alloys, antifouling, antimicrobial, available, colourful, conductive, design, ductile, durable, essential, joining, malleable, recyclable , safety, shapes, sustainable
    This brochure provides a visual exploration of a range of properties that make copper and its alloys essential to modern living.
    D10 - Energy Efficient Power Cable Selection (Datadisk)
    Electrical systems
    cables, cost-effective, design, electrical, energy efficiency, installation, performance, power cable
    This program calculates cable size taking account of type of cable, installation method, circuit length, overload protection, ambient temperature and circuit grouping. The economic calculations take account of load growth, discount rate and increases in energy costs. Cable and installation costs can be modified to suit local conditions. D10 Datadisk. 1998.
    D11 - Busbar Design Software (Datadisk)
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    busbars, design, electrical
    This program calculates the current rating, size and working temperature of common configurations of copper busbars. Minimum size, savings and payback periods from the use of larger sizes, up to the most economic, are calculated. The calculations take account of copper price, fabrication cost, load growth, discount rate and increases in energy costs. 1998.
    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 033 - Copper Tube in Domestic Water Services
    Pipe systems
    design, installation, pipework, plumbing, tube
    Information on the design and installation of copper domestic water services. Includes pipework jointing, tube bending, DZR brass. 2000. 36pp. (Out of print.)
    Pub 041 - Clear Protective Coatings
    £ 0.00
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, design, Industry, manufacturing, protection, surfaces
    Detailed description of the range of coatings available with application methods and recommendations for use. 1991. 24pp.
    Pub 042 - Copper and Copper Alloy Castings
    £ 0.00
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, design, gunmetal, Industry, manufacturing, products
    Discusses the applications of all copper casting alloys commonly available in Europe with recommendations as to choice of alloy. Casting processes and product design considerations are considered. 1991. 62pp.
    Pub 045 - Copper Alloy Bearings
    £ 0.00
    Design and manufacture
    alloys, applications, design, Industry, manufacturing
    Covers the British and European alloys which are suitable for bearing applications, giving advice on their selection and use. 1992. 44pp.
    Pub 081 - Designing Aluminium Bronze Castings
    Design and manufacture, Marine
    alloys, bronze, design, designer
    Reprint of an article published in ‘Engineering’ August 1982 (Tech file 116). The advantages of aluminium bronze casting alloys are discussed with advice on how various design criteria affect casting quality. 1983. 22pp.
    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 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 123 - Electrical Design - A Good Practice Guide
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    building, design, electrical, energy efficiency, installation, power quality
    This book covers the design of electrical installations in buildings, presenting good practice design solutions to reduce the impact of power quality problems and explaining how electrical efficiency can be improved. 1997. 92 pp.
    Pub 124 - Copper for Domestic Natural Gas Installations
    Pipe systems
    design, gas , installation, pipework, plumbing
    This design and installation guide gives information on materials, components, pipe sizing, jointing, safety, electrical bonding, testing and purging. 1997. 30pp.
    Pub 125 - Copper Fire Sprinkler Systems for Residential and Domestic Properties
    Pipe systems
    design, fire sprinkler, installation, pipework
    This design and installation book gives information on water supplies, systems components and materials, hydraulic calculations, pipework installation, system commissioning, maintenance and documentation. 1997. 24pp.
    Pub 147 - Copper Residential Sprinkler Systems for Life Safety and Property Protection
    Pipe systems
    design, fire sprinkler, installation, pipework, protection, safety, study
    This leaflet describes the sprinkler protection installed in 212 properties at Studley Green, a £10 million project to redevelop the pre-cast reinforced concrete former Council properties on the Studley Green estate. 2001. 4pp.
    Pub 150 - Copper Tubes in Domestic Heating Systems
    Pipe systems
    design, heating, pipework, plumbing, resistance, tube
    This publication examines the most effective way to select the right sized tube diameters, advising on the key stages of building a heating system, such as assessing flow rates, flow resistance and pump performance. Includes tables to assess the length of copper tube needed for a variety of fitting types and to calculate the resistance flow per unit length of tube. 2001. 8pp. (Out of print.)
    Pub 154 - Guide to Copper in Architecture
    applications, architecture, cladding, design, environment, patina, recycling, research, roofing
    Information on all aspects of copper sheet used for roofing, cladding and other architectural applications. It includes the latest comprehensive information on environmental issues and examines sources, recycling and characteristics of copper and its cost-effectiveness for roofing and cladding. Design issues are explored, development of its distinctive natural patina and the diversity of factory finishes available today. February 2006. 20pp.
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