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EN-MC21210 Magnesium vs. C18600 Copper

EN-MC21210 magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys classification, while C18600 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 29 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (2, 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 C18600 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 44
120
Elongation at Break, % 14
8.0 to 11
Poisson's Ratio 0.29
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 17
44
Shear Strength, MPa 110
310 to 340
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 190
520 to 580
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 90
500 to 520

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 350
210
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 100
200
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 600
1090
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 570
1070
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 1000
390
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 120
280
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 27
17

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 24
70
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 130
71

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 12
31
Density, g/cm3 1.6
8.9
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 24
2.9
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 160
46
Embodied Water, L/kg 980
310

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 22
44 to 58
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 92
1060 to 1180
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 15
7.3
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 72
18
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 32
16 to 18
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 44
16 to 17
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 76
81
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 11
19 to 20

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 1.6 to 2.6
0
Chromium (Cr), % 0
0.1 to 1.0
Cobalt (Co), % 0
0 to 0.1
Copper (Cu), % 0 to 0.010
96.5 to 99.55
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.0050
0.25 to 0.8
Magnesium (Mg), % 96.3 to 98.3
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.7
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0 to 0.0020
0 to 0.25
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.1
0
Titanium (Ti), % 0
0.050 to 0.5
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.2
0
Zirconium (Zr), % 0
0.050 to 0.4
Residuals, % 0 to 0.010
0 to 0.5