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2036 Aluminum vs. C19020 Copper

2036 aluminum belongs to the aluminum alloys classification, while C19020 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 26 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (4, 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 C19020 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 70
120
Elongation at Break, % 24
2.3 to 5.7
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
44
Shear Strength, MPa 210
260 to 340
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 340
440 to 590

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 390
210
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 190
200
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 650
1090
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 560
1030
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 890
390
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 160
190
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 23
17

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 41
50
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 130
50

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 10
31
Density, g/cm3 2.9
8.9
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.1
2.8
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
44
Embodied Water, L/kg 1160
310

Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
7.2
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 48
18
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 33
14 to 18
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 38
14 to 18
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 62
55
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 15
16 to 21

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 94.4 to 97.4
0
Chromium (Cr), % 0 to 0.1
0
Copper (Cu), % 2.2 to 3.0
95.7 to 99.19
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.5
0
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.3 to 0.6
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.4
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0
0.5 to 3.0
Phosphorus (P), % 0
0.010 to 0.2
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.5
0
Tin (Sn), % 0
0.3 to 0.9
Titanium (Ti), % 0 to 0.15
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.25
0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.2