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EN-MC21220 Magnesium vs. C47000 Brass

EN-MC21220 magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys classification, while C47000 brass belongs to the copper alloys. There are 26 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (6, 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-MC21220 magnesium and the bottom bar is C47000 brass.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 45
100
Elongation at Break, % 11
36
Poisson's Ratio 0.29
0.3
Shear Modulus, GPa 17
40
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 210
380
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 120
150

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 350
170
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 120
120
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 600
900
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 540
890
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 1000
390
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 65
120
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 27
21

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 12
23
Density, g/cm3 1.7
8.0
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 23
2.7
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 160
47
Embodied Water, L/kg 990
330

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 20
110
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 160
100
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 15
7.2
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 71
20
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 34
13
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 46
15
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 39
38
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 12
13

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 4.4 to 5.5
0 to 0.010
Copper (Cu), % 0 to 0.010
57 to 61
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.0050
0
Lead (Pb), % 0
0 to 0.050
Magnesium (Mg), % 93.5 to 95.5
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.1 to 0.6
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0 to 0.0020
0
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.1
0
Tin (Sn), % 0
0.25 to 1.0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.3
37.5 to 42.8
Residuals, % 0 to 0.010
0 to 0.4