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3303 Aluminum vs. C17500 Copper

3303 aluminum belongs to the aluminum alloys classification, while C17500 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 30 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (1, 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 3303 aluminum and the bottom bar is C17500 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 70
120
Elongation at Break, % 23
6.0 to 30
Fatigue Strength, MPa 43
170 to 310
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
45
Shear Strength, MPa 69
200 to 520
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 110
310 to 860
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 39
170 to 760

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 400
220
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 180
220
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 650
1060
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 620
1020
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 900
390
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 170
200
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 23
18

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 43
24 to 53
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 140
24 to 54

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 9.5
60
Density, g/cm3 2.8
8.9
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.1
4.7
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
73
Embodied Water, L/kg 1180
320

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 20
30 to 120
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 11
120 to 2390
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 14
7.5
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 49
18
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 11
9.7 to 27
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 18
11 to 23
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 67
59
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 4.8
11 to 29

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 96.6 to 99
0 to 0.2
Beryllium (Be), % 0
0.4 to 0.7
Cobalt (Co), % 0
2.4 to 2.7
Copper (Cu), % 0.050 to 0.2
95.6 to 97.2
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.7
0 to 0.1
Manganese (Mn), % 1.0 to 1.5
0
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.6
0 to 0.2
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.3
0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.5