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C72150 Copper-nickel vs. ZC63A Magnesium

C72150 copper-nickel belongs to the copper alloys classification, while ZC63A magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys. There are 30 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 C72150 copper-nickel and the bottom bar is ZC63A magnesium.

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Mechanical Properties

Brinell Hardness 99
60
Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 150
48
Elongation at Break, % 29
3.3
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.29
Shear Modulus, GPa 55
19
Shear Strength, MPa 320
130
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 490
220
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 210
130

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 250
330
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 600
98
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 1210
550
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 1250
470
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 410
950
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 22
120
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 14
26

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 3.5
32
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 3.6
140

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 45
13
Density, g/cm3 8.9
2.1
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 6.1
22
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 88
150
Embodied Water, L/kg 270
920

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 120
6.3
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 150
190
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 9.1
13
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 20
58
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 15
29
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 15
38
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 6.0
58
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 18
12

Alloy Composition

Carbon (C), % 0 to 0.1
0
Copper (Cu), % 52.5 to 57
2.4 to 3.0
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.1
0
Lead (Pb), % 0 to 0.050
0
Magnesium (Mg), % 0
89.2 to 91.9
Manganese (Mn), % 0 to 0.050
0.25 to 0.75
Nickel (Ni), % 43 to 46
0 to 0.010
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.5
0 to 0.2
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.2
5.5 to 6.5
Residuals, % 0 to 0.5
0 to 0.3