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EN-MC21210 Magnesium vs. C15100 Copper

EN-MC21210 magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys classification, while C15100 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 29 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 EN-MC21210 magnesium and the bottom bar is C15100 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 44
120
Elongation at Break, % 14
2.0 to 36
Poisson's Ratio 0.29
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 17
43
Shear Strength, MPa 110
170 to 270
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 190
260 to 470
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 90
69 to 460

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 350
210
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 100
200
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 600
1100
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 570
1030
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 1000
390
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 120
360
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 27
17

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 24
95
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 130
95

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 12
31
Density, g/cm3 1.6
9.0
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 24
2.7
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 160
43
Embodied Water, L/kg 980
310

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 22
9.3 to 71
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 92
21 to 890
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 15
7.2
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 72
18
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 32
8.1 to 15
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 44
10 to 15
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 76
100
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 11
9.3 to 17

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 1.6 to 2.6
0
Copper (Cu), % 0 to 0.010
99.8 to 99.95
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.0050
0
Magnesium (Mg), % 96.3 to 98.3
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.7
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0 to 0.0020
0
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.1
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.2
0
Zirconium (Zr), % 0
0.050 to 0.15
Residuals, % 0 to 0.010
0 to 0.1