Copper alloy 110 has the second highest electrical conductivity of all metals. If you’re wondering which metal is at the top, it’s silver. But, you won't see silver wiring in electrical applications. Besides being considerably more expensive, silver lacks copper's other desirable qualities - like ductility and malleability. So, for the majority of applications requiring electrical and thermal conductivity, copper is a popular option.
Copper Alloy 110 and Thermal Conductivity
Of all the qualities of copper, thermal conductivity is the one that sets it apart from other metals. And when comparing copper alloys, alloy 110 has the greatest thermal conductivity. It’s no wonder this alloy – also referred to as Electric Tough Pitch (ETP) copper – continues to be the most common copper item on the market.
To be used for electrical transmission and interconnection, you typically want a copper with at least 85% IACS (International Annealed Copper Standard). Copper alloy 110 has 101% IACS, making it ideal for electrical and thermal applications.
Additional Copper 110 Properties
Alloy 110 is used for a wide range of applications because of its thermal conductivity and its other properties like corrosion resistance, high ductility, malleability, and attractive appearance. The high conductivity of alloy 110 makes it the number one choice for transformers, switch gears, and many other electrical applications.
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