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What is ‘INCRALAC’?

A clear acrylic resin finish containing tarnish inhibitor. It is an air drying ester lacquer containing Benzotriazole, a corrosion inhibitor. It can be relied upon to provide protection for 3-8 years outdoors and for much longer indoors.

IS 36 - Dezincification Resistant Brass

In some areas of the UK, the presence of otherwise harmless impurities in the potable water makes it aggressive to duplex brass producing a form of attack known as dezincification. 1982. 4pp.

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What is a typical life for a copper roof?

In excess of 100 years for a correctly designed and installed roof.

IS 49 - Copper-nickel Brake Tubing in the Automotive Industry

CDA Information Sheet on the use of copper-nickel for brake tubing in the automotive industry. 1990. 14pp.

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Which grade of copper is used for vehicle brake pipes?

Copper and copper-nickel tubes are used for vehicle brake pipes due to their good fatigue and corrosion resistance (especially against salt on the roads), where fluid loss could be disastrous. Because of their ductility, they are easy to fit; they are standard equipment for many cars, fire engines, military vehicles, JCBs and other heavy vehicles.

What is Bordeaux mixture?

The French scientist Millardet – while seeking a cure for downy mildew-diseased vines in the Bordeaux district of France – chanced to notice that those vines bordering the highways, which had been daubed with a paste of copper sulphate and lime in water in order to make the grapes unattractive to passers-by, appeared freer of downy mildew. This chance observation led to experiments with mixtures of copper sulphate, lime and water, and in 1885 Millardet announced to the world that he had found a cure for the dreaded mildew. This became known as Bordeaux mixture and saw the commencement of protective crop spraying.

What is degreased copper tube?

Specially degreased copper tubing, to BS EN 13348 is cleaned to the requirements of Hospital Technical Memorandum HTM02 (which replaces HTM2022). Such tubing, which is eminently suitable for use on medical gas (including breathable air) and oxygen lines, comprises half-hard temper, phosphorous de-oxidised, non-arsenical copper, complying with the chemical requirements of BS EN 1976, Cu-DHP, CR024A (supersedes BS6017 Cu-DHP).

When jointing tubing with brazing alloys, the temperatures involved in hard soldering convert the metal, in the heat-affected zone, from the half-hard to the soft condition. This effectively reduces the maximum safe working pressure by approximately one-third.

Precautions should also be taken during jointing operations to prevent the formation of oxide along the lines described in HTM02. Copper tubing is suitable for most gases with a few exceptions. Where there is any doubt regarding the type of material or internal finish required, the tube manufacturer should be consulted.

Which Grade of copper should be used where welding is required?

A Phosphorous deoxidised copper (C106)-this is CW 006A.

What is meant by ‘more effective’ heat transfer?

The same or better performance can be achieved with less tube and fin material. In other words, more heat can be dissipated with less material. Less tube, more heat! Technically speaking, a coil made with smaller diameter tubes can be designed with a higher ‘heat transfer coefficient’ compared to a coil made with larger diameter tubes.

Which type of brass and what process is used to make bathroom and kitchen taps? How is the bright shiny surface produced?

Taps are die cast from a general composition of 60% copper, 40% zinc. This composition gives a fluid alloy with essential hot ductility. A typical die cast alloy is DCB3 (CuZn40Pb-CC754S).

Taps may be plated with successive layers of copper (3-4 microns), nickel (10-12 microns) followed by about one micron of chromium to give a hard shiny surface. Remember that when taps are replaced, they have value as a source of recycled copper alloy scrap.

Note that in order for copper alloys to retain their inherent hygienic properties, they should not be plated or coated.

Which type of brasses are specified for terminal posts used in signalling and ancillary equipment in the London Underground?

The following brasses have sufficient strength, machinability and electrical conductivity: CW508L (CZ108), CW509L (CZ109) and CW614N (CZ121).

What is the minimum pitch for traditional copper roofing?

1 degree, using batten rolls.