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2036 Aluminum vs. C96800 Copper

2036 aluminum belongs to the aluminum alloys classification, while C96800 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 28 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (2, 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 C96800 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 70
120
Elongation at Break, % 24
3.4
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
46
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 340
1010
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 200
860

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 390
220
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 190
220
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 650
1120
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 560
1060
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 890
390
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 160
52
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 23
17

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 41
10
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 130
10

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 10
34
Density, g/cm3 2.9
8.9
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.1
3.4
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
52
Embodied Water, L/kg 1160
300

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 70
33
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 270
3000
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
7.6
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 48
19
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 33
32
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 38
25
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 62
15
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 15
35

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 94.4 to 97.4
0 to 0.1
Antimony (Sb), % 0
0 to 0.020
Chromium (Cr), % 0 to 0.1
0
Copper (Cu), % 2.2 to 3.0
87.1 to 90.5
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.5
0 to 0.5
Lead (Pb), % 0
0 to 0.0050
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.3 to 0.6
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.4
0.050 to 0.3
Nickel (Ni), % 0
9.5 to 10.5
Phosphorus (P), % 0
0 to 0.0050
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.5
0
Sulfur (S), % 0
0 to 0.0025
Titanium (Ti), % 0 to 0.15
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.25
0 to 1.0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.5