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Relevance and Utilization of Copper and Copper Alloys

H L Kulkarni, S. M. Pandey


Copper is the oldest metal used by man. It is use dates back to prehistoric times. Copper has been mined for more than 10,000 years with a Copper pendant found in current day Iraq being dated to 8700 BC. By 5000BC Copper was being smelted from simple copper oxides. The combination of physical properties such as strength, conductivity, corrosion resistance, machinability and ductility make Copper suitable for a wide range of applications. These properties can be further enhanced with variations in composition and manufacturing methods.

Keywords: application, brass, bronze, copper, copper alloy

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