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UNS C26800 (CW506L) Yellow Brass

C26800 brass is a brass formulated for primary forming into wrought products. CW506L is the EN numeric designation for this material. C26800 is the UNS number. Additionally, the EN chemical designation is CuZn33. The British Standard (BS) designation is CZ107. And the common industry name is 66-34 Yellow Brass.

The properties of C26800 brass include nine common variations. This page shows summary ranges across all of them. For more specific values, follow the links immediately below. The graph bars on the material properties cards further below compare C26800 brass to: wrought brasses (top), all copper alloys (middle), and the entire database (bottom). A full bar means this is the highest value in the relevant set. A half-full bar means it's 50% of the highest, and so on.

Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

110 GPa 15 x 106 psi

Poisson's Ratio

0.31

Rockwell B Hardness

53 to 91

Shear Modulus

40 GPa 5.9 x 106 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

310 to 650 MPa 45 to 95 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

180 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

130 °C 270 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

930 °C 1710 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

900 °C 1660 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

390 J/kg-K 0.092 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

120 W/m-K 67 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

20 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

27 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

30 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

24 % relative

Calomel Potential

-360 mV

Density

8.1 g/cm3 510 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

2.7 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

45 MJ/kg 19 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

320 L/kg 38 gal/lb

Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

7.2 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

19 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

11 to 22 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

13 to 21 points

Thermal Diffusivity

37 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

10 to 22 points

Alloy Composition

Among wrought copper alloys, the composition of C26800 brass is notable for containing comparatively high amounts of lead (Pb) and iron (Fe). Lead is used to improve machinability and bearing properties, at the cost of toxicity. Iron is used to increase strength inexpensively.

Copper (Cu) 64 to 68.5
Zinc (Zn) 31 to 36
Lead (Pb) 0 to 0.15
Iron (Fe) 0 to 0.050
Residuals 0 to 0.3

All values are % weight. Ranges represent what is permitted under applicable standards.

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

ASTM B36: Standard Specification for Brass Plate, Sheet, Strip, And Rolled Bar

Copper: Its Trade, Manufacture, Use, and Environmental Status, Gunter Joseph, 2001

Properties and Selection: Nonferrous Alloys and Special-Purpose Materials, ASM Handbook vol. 2, ASM International, 1993