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3303 Aluminum vs. C55180 Copper

3303 aluminum belongs to the aluminum alloys classification, while C55180 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 26 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (5, 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 C55180 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 70
110
Elongation at Break, % 23
20
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
41
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 110
200
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 39
100

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 400
200
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 180
200
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 650
920
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 620
710
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 900
400
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 170
200
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 23
17

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 9.5
29
Density, g/cm3 2.8
8.6
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.1
2.5
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
39
Embodied Water, L/kg 1180
290

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 20
34
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 11
48
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 14
7.1
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 49
18
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 11
6.4
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 18
8.8
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 67
56
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 4.8
7.9

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 96.6 to 99
0
Copper (Cu), % 0.050 to 0.2
94.7 to 95.2
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.7
0
Manganese (Mn), % 1.0 to 1.5
0
Phosphorus (P), % 0
4.8 to 5.2
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.6
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.3
0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.15