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EN-MC65120 Magnesium vs. C87500 Brass

EN-MC65120 magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys classification, while C87500 brass belongs to the copper alloys. There are 28 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (3, 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-MC65120 magnesium and the bottom bar is C87500 brass.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 45
110
Elongation at Break, % 3.1
18
Poisson's Ratio 0.29
0.33
Shear Modulus, GPa 17
42
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 160
460
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 110
190

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 330
260
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 180
170
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 590
920
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 520
820
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 970
410
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 100
28
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 26
18

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 25
6.7
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 120
7.3

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 25
27
Density, g/cm3 1.9
8.3
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 25
2.7
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 190
44
Embodied Water, L/kg 930
300

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 4.4
67
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 140
160
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
7.4
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 62
19
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 23
16
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 34
16
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 56
8.3
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 9.8
17

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 0
0 to 0.5
Copper (Cu), % 0 to 0.030
79 to 85
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.010
0
Lead (Pb), % 0
0 to 0.5
Magnesium (Mg), % 91.8 to 95.1
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0 to 0.15
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0 to 0.0050
0
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.010
3.0 to 5.0
Unspecified Rare Earths, % 2.5 to 4.0
0
Zinc (Zn), % 2.0 to 3.0
12 to 16
Zirconium (Zr), % 0.4 to 1.0
0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.010
0 to 0.5