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2036 Aluminum vs. C17200 Copper

2036 aluminum belongs to the aluminum alloys classification, while C17200 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 28 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (3, in this case) are not shown. Please note that the two materials have significantly dissimilar densities. This means that additional care is required when interpreting the data, because some material properties are based on units of mass, while others are based on units of area or volume.

For each property being compared, the top bar is 2036 aluminum and the bottom bar is C17200 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 70
120
Elongation at Break, % 24
1.1 to 37
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.33
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
45
Shear Strength, MPa 210
330 to 780
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 340
480 to 1380
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 200
160 to 1250

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 390
230
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 190
280
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 650
980
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 560
870
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 890
390
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 160
110
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 23
18

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 41
22
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 130
23

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Density, g/cm3 2.9
8.8
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.1
9.4
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
150
Embodied Water, L/kg 1160
310

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 70
4.2 to 500
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 270
110 to 5720
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
7.6
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 48
19
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 33
15 to 44
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 38
16 to 31
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 62
31
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 15
16 to 46

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 94.4 to 97.4
0 to 0.2
Beryllium (Be), % 0
1.8 to 2.0
Chromium (Cr), % 0 to 0.1
0
Copper (Cu), % 2.2 to 3.0
96.1 to 98
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.5
0 to 0.4
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.3 to 0.6
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.4
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0
0.2 to 0.6
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.5
0 to 0.2
Titanium (Ti), % 0 to 0.15
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.25
0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.5