Coppers and Copper Alloys Designations and Standards (UK)

The material designations and standards that relate to the manufacture and production of coppers and copper alloys within the UK and Europe are designed, maintained and published by a number of bodies: British Standards Institute (BSI), European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). BSI is a member of CEN, and European Standards developed by CEN are published by BSI in the UK as BS EN.

BS EN for coppers and copper alloys have been developed to meet the needs of industry and they cover the most commonly available alloys within Europe. There are around 200 coppers and copper alloys within these standards and information on individual materials can be found in this section of the website.

See Understanding the Copper Alloy BS EN Material Designation

The other standards commonly utilised in the UK are the Aerospace series, published by BSI, (BS B) and the Ministry of Defence Naval standards (Def Stan). The materials specified in these standards have more exacting requirements and have been developed for applications where strength and corrosion requirements can be more critical than those of the BS EN materials.

The tables in this section show the most commonly available BS EN coppers and copper alloys, their compositions, typical properties and uses, and applicable standards. It also provides details of the BS B and Def Stan and the copper-based materials approved for contact with drinking water.

For complete information on any material, the appropriate standard should be consulted.

Information Tables Index

Item Detail Date
BS EN and Other Standards for Copper and Copper Alloys
BS EN and BS standards comparison BS EN and BS standards comparison for copper and copper alloys Mar 2019
British Standards aerospace series BS aerospace series Mar 2019
Def Stan—Defence Standards Def Stan Mar 2019
Test methods Test methods for copper and copper alloys Mar 2019
Alloys for Specific Purposes
Copper and copper alloys in contact with drinking water 4MS approved copper and copper alloys Mar 2019
BS EN Material Designations for Copper and Copper Alloys
Wrought and unwrought coppers BS EN material designations and old BS equivalents Mar 2019
Wrought copper alloys BS EN material designations and old BS equivalents Mar 2019
Copper and copper alloy ingots and castings BS EN 1982 and comparison with BS1400 Mar 2019
Compositions, Properties, Standards and Uses for Copper and Copper Alloys
Wrought and unwrought coppers Compositions, properties and uses Mar 2019
Wrought and unwrought coppers Standards Mar 2019
Copper and copper alloy ingots and castings (BS EN 1982) Compositions, properties, processes and uses Mar 2019
Wrought low-alloyed copper alloys Compositions, properties, standards and uses Apr 2019
Wrought copper-aluminium, copper-nickel and copper-nickel-zinc alloys Compositions, properties, standards and uses Apr 2019
Wrought copper-zinc and copper-tin binary alloys Compositions, properties, standards and uses Apr 2019
Wrought copper-zinc-lead alloys (leaded brasses) Compositions, properties, standards and uses Apr 2019
Wrought, complex, copper-zinc alloys (special brasses) Compositions, properties, standards and uses Apr 2019
Compositions, Properties, Standards and Uses for Brass Semi-finished Products
Brass rods and sections (BS EN 12163, 12164, 12167, 12168) Compositions, properties and standards Apr 2019
Brass forgings, stampings and hot pressings (BS EN 12420, 12165) Compositions, properties and standards Table 15
Brass sheet, strip and plate (BS EN 1652, 1653, 1654, 1172) Compositions, properties and standards May 2019
Brass tubes (BS EN 12449, 12451, 12452) Compositions, properties and standards Apr 2019
Brass wire (BS EN 12166) Compositions, properties and standards Table 18