Test Methods for Copper and Copper Alloys

The copper alloys test methods listed below (Table 2) are the reference standards used for the testing of mechanical, physical, metallurgical and corrosion properties of copper and copper based alloys.

These test methods have been designed to provide a consistent and level platform for the actual tests and results, ensuring that the test data can be compared across all copper alloy grades and systems that are subjected to the same test methods.

This enables purchasers and specifiers to make informed comparisons and choices, while ensuring test houses know the parameters for every detail of each method.

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BS EN Number Title Old BS Equivalent (Nearest)
BS EN 723:2009 Combustion method for determination of the carbon content on the inner surface of copper tubes or fittings
BS EN 1971-1:2011 Eddy current test for measuring defects on seamless round copper and copper alloy tubes. Test with an encircling test coil on the outer surface
BS EN 1971-2:2011 Eddy current test for measuring defects on seamless round copper and copper alloy tubes. Test with an internal probe on the inner surface
BS EN 12384:1999 Determination of spring bending limit on strip
BS EN 12893:2000 Determination of spiral elongation number DD79
BS EN 13147:2001 Determination of residual stresses in the border area of a slit strip
BS EN 13603:2013 Test methods for assessing protective tin coatings on drawn round copper wire for electrical purposes
BS EN ISO 196:1995 Detection of residual stress—mercury(l) nitrate test
BS EN ISO 2624:1995 Estimation of average grain size
BS EN ISO 2626:1995 Hydrogen embrittlement test 5899
BS EN ISO 6509-1:2014 Determination of dezincification resistance of copper alloys with zinc. Test method