Properties of Copper & Copper Alloys

The first part of this series will provide basic information on definitions and physical properties of copper alloys. Additional information on the Unified Numbering System (UNS) for copper alloys and physical properties can be found in the CDA Application Data Sheet, "Standard Designations for Wrought and Cast Copper and Copper Alloys."

A basic understanding of the properties of copper and copper alloys will be very useful for the discussions on designing connectors in subsequent parts of this group of publications. Both physical and mechanical properties play an important role in the selection of an appropriate alloy and its subsequent processing, stamping, drawing, etc.