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.
    Copper and Copper Alloys in Offshore Renewable Energy
    Marine, Energy and renewables
    alloys, applications, copper-nickel, corrosion, electrical, engineer, marine, offshore, platforms, renewables, resistance, wind energy
    This webcast presents an overview of the properties, applications and proven service experience of copper alloys in marine environments, indicating the potential benefits of technology transfer to offshore wind farms and wave and tidal devices.
    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.
    D12 - K-Factor Calculation Software (Datadisk)
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    electrical, transformer
    This software calculates the K-Factor of a load from the harmonic content according to US and European practice. The results can be used to select transformers or to determine suitable de-rating factors for transformers. 1998.
    Harmonic Regulation and Compatibility
    Electrical systems
    electrical, regulation, standards
    This webcast explains the need for Harmonic Regulation, such as the UK Recommendation G5/4, and the concept of compatibility on which it is based.
    Power Quality and Utilisation Guide
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    earthing, electrical, energy efficiency, Industry, power quality, renewable energy source
    The Power Quality and Utilisation Guide is a unique 8 section reference source providing background theory and the whole range of solutions from industry, including DG, RES and Energy Efficiency.
    Power Quality in Low Voltage Installations - Harmonics
    Electrical systems
    electrical, installation, low voltage, power quality
    This presentations describes what harmonic waveforms look like, what kind of loads produce them, what typical harmonic profiles can be expected, what problems they cause and the mitigation measures you can use?
    Power Quality in Low Voltage Installations - Voltage Dips
    Electrical systems
    electrical, installation, low voltage, power quality
    This presentation looks at the causes and effects of voltage dips, examining typical network performance, equipment performance and the compatibility gap between them. This gap must be covered in practice by good installation design and the right choice of mitigation equipment.
    Pub 022 - Copper for Busbars - Guidance on Design and Installation
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    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 116 - Electrical Energy Efficiency
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    cables, electrical, energy efficiency, installation, low voltage, motors, transformer
    Both financial appraisal and technical consideration of electrical energy efficiency of motors, cables, busbars and transformers, with actual case histories showing savings to be made, can be found in this book. 1997. 120pp.
    Pub 119 - Earthing Practice
    Electrical systems
    earthing, electrical, electrical installation, installation
    This publication explains the reasons for earthing systems, legislation and includes chapters on corrosion resistance and the properties of copper. 1997. 108pp.
    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 144 - Harmonics, Transformers and K-Factors
    Energy and renewables, Electrical systems
    electrical, technical, transformer
    Transformers used to supply IT equipment and other non-linear loads need to be de-rated to between 60 and 80% of their nominal capacity. This technical note explains why, and how to determine the correct factor. 2000. 6pp. (Out of print).
    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.
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