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2036 Aluminum vs. C96900 Copper-nickel

2036 aluminum belongs to the aluminum alloys classification, while C96900 copper-nickel 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 C96900 copper-nickel.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 70
120
Elongation at Break, % 24
4.5
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
45
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 340
850
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 200
830

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 390
210
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 190
210
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 650
1060
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 560
960
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 890
380
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 23
17

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 41
9.0
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 130
9.2

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 10
39
Density, g/cm3 2.9
8.8
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.1
4.6
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
72
Embodied Water, L/kg 1160
360

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 70
38
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 270
2820
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
7.7
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 48
19
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 33
27
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 38
23
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 15
30

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 94.4 to 97.4
0
Chromium (Cr), % 0 to 0.1
0
Copper (Cu), % 2.2 to 3.0
73.6 to 78
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.5
0 to 0.5
Lead (Pb), % 0
0 to 0.020
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.3 to 0.6
0 to 0.15
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.4
0.050 to 0.3
Nickel (Ni), % 0
14.5 to 15.5
Niobium (Nb), % 0
0 to 0.1
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.5
0 to 0.3
Tin (Sn), % 0
7.5 to 8.5
Titanium (Ti), % 0 to 0.15
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.25
0 to 0.5
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.5