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ZC63A Magnesium vs. C46200 Brass

ZC63A magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys classification, while C46200 brass belongs to the copper alloys. There are 27 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (5, 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 ZC63A magnesium and the bottom bar is C46200 brass.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 48
100
Elongation at Break, % 3.3
17 to 34
Poisson's Ratio 0.29
0.31
Shear Modulus, GPa 19
40
Shear Strength, MPa 130
240 to 290
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 220
370 to 480
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 130
120 to 290

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 330
170
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 98
120
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 550
840
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 470
800
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 950
380
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 120
110
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 26
20

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 13
24
Density, g/cm3 2.1
8.1
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 22
2.7
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
46
Embodied Water, L/kg 920
330

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 6.3
69 to 100
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 190
72 to 400
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
7.2
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 58
19
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 29
13 to 16
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 38
14 to 17
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 58
35
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 12
12 to 16

Alloy Composition

Copper (Cu), % 2.4 to 3.0
62 to 65
Iron (Fe), % 0
0 to 0.1
Lead (Pb), % 0
0 to 0.2
Magnesium (Mg), % 89.2 to 91.9
0
Manganese (Mn), % 0.25 to 0.75
0
Nickel (Ni), % 0 to 0.010
0
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.2
0
Tin (Sn), % 0
0.5 to 1.0
Zinc (Zn), % 5.5 to 6.5
33.3 to 37.5
Residuals, % 0 to 0.3
0 to 0.4