The copper tree
Alloying with other substances changes the properties of pure copper. For example, alloys of copper and nickel are extremely resistant to many types of corrosion and are therefore particularly suitable for use in the maritime sector, alloys of copper and aluminium are highly corrosion-resistant and high-strength, so that they are used for highly stressed bearing parts, in food processing machinery or for ship propellers. In the recent past, new copper-based alloys have been specifically developed, especially for electronics. They are summarised under the term low-alloyed copper materials.
Main applications of copper alloys
The specific properties that copper can achieve by combining with other elements result in a wide range of applications. Copper alloys are found in particular in buildings, in the end product and industrial sectors, as well as in transport and electrical applications.
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