Well-known and easily identifiable by its golden, reddish color, copper has a long history of use for decorative and functional purposes. In fact, its use by humans dates back thousands of years. Currently, copper exists in our homes, vehicles, and electronic devices. Today, I'll cover some of the unique properties and common uses for this versatile, time-tested alloy.
Unique Properties of Copper
Alloy 110 Copper, also known as Electrolytic Tough Pitch (ETP), is an alloy with good ductility and good electrical and thermal conductivity. It has very good resistance to weathering and soil corrosion, and it has antimicrobial properties. Additionally, Alloy 110 is soft, malleable, and 100 percent recyclable.
Common Uses for Copper
Due to its ductility and electrical and thermal conductivity, copper is oftentimes used in the production of electrical conductors, switches, transformers, and telecommunications.
Being naturally resistant to weathering and soil corrosion makes copper an ideal material for the production of roofing and plumbing applications. Further, its antimicrobial properties make it a popular material for the manufacturing of doorknobs and handrails in public buildings.
Copper is an essential component in brass, phosphor bronze, and beryllium copper. In order to create these metal products, copper is combined with other metals (tin, zinc, and phosphorus). It lends its coloring, malleability, and other unique properties to these metals.
Copper Products Carried by Mead Metals
Mead Metals stocks alloy 110 copper products in gauges from 0.005 up to 0.187. We offer annealed, quarter hard, half hard, and full hard tempers. All of our copper products are available in sheet and coil, and as an added benefit, we offer the following value-add services:
With our comprehensive inventory and value-add services for copper products, we're able to ship our customers their copper product in the exact specifications they require for their project.