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EN-MC65210 Magnesium vs. C55181 Copper

EN-MC65210 magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys classification, while C55181 copper belongs to the copper alloys. There are 18 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (14, 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-MC65210 magnesium and the bottom bar is C55181 copper.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 44
110
Poisson's Ratio 0.29
0.34
Shear Modulus, GPa 17
40
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 270
200

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 340
190
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 170
200
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 610
790
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 540
710
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 970
410
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 26
16

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Density, g/cm3 2.0
8.5
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 27
2.4
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 220
38

Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 12
7.0
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 59
19
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 38
6.5
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 47
8.9
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 17
8.2

Alloy Composition

Copper (Cu), % 0 to 0.030
92.4 to 93
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.010
0
Magnesium (Mg), % 92.6 to 95.6
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0 to 0.15
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0 to 0.0050
0
Phosphorus (P), % 0
7.0 to 7.5
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.010
0
Silver (Ag), % 2.0 to 3.0
0
Unspecified Rare Earths, % 2.0 to 3.0
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.2
0
Zirconium (Zr), % 0.4 to 1.0
0
Residuals, % 0 to 0.010
0 to 0.15