Author: David Chapman
Publication date: February 2016
© European Copper Institute
This publication describes the electrical and mechanical properties of high conductivity copper and copper alloys that are intended for use in electrical applications.
It is primarily aimed at electrical engineers rather than metallurgists, but gives the basic metallurgical detail needed to understand the processing requirements of alloys.
High conductivity copper is the best choice for bulk electrical conductors, such as cables, motor windings and busbars, but there are many electrical accessories, such as terminations, connectors, contactors and circuit breakers, where other material properties are equally or more important. For these applications, there is a very wide range of copper alloys available with, for example, enhanced strength, resistance to stress relaxation or creep, while retaining excellent conductivity.
Links to individual sections in the publication are available by clicking on each section below. The entire book can also be downloaded as a pdf.
Whilst this publication has been prepared with care, we can give no warranty regarding the contents and shall not be liable for any direct, incidental or consequential damage arising out of its use. For complete information on any material the appropriate standard should be consulted.