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2036 Aluminum vs. C99500 Copper

2036 aluminum belongs to the aluminum alloys classification, while C99500 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 C99500 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 70
120
Elongation at Break, % 24
13
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
45
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 340
540
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 200
310

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 390
240
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 190
210
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 650
1090
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 560
1040
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 890
400
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
30
Density, g/cm3 2.9
8.7
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.1
3.0
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
47
Embodied Water, L/kg 1160
300

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 70
63
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 270
410
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
7.7
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 48
19
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 33
17
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 38
17
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 15
19

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 94.4 to 97.4
0.5 to 2.0
Chromium (Cr), % 0 to 0.1
0
Copper (Cu), % 2.2 to 3.0
82.5 to 92
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.5
3.0 to 5.0
Lead (Pb), % 0
0 to 0.25
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.3 to 0.6
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.4
0 to 0.5
Nickel (Ni), % 0
3.5 to 5.5
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.5
0.5 to 2.0
Titanium (Ti), % 0 to 0.15
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.25
0.5 to 2.0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.3