Publication date: 1962
© European Copper Institute
This booklet focuses on the properties, applications and practical manipulation of copper beryllium and covers precipitation hardening, to which beryllium copper owes its high strength and hardness.
The unique combination of strength, hardness and resistance to corrosion offered by beryllium copper has given it an important place in modern industry. Enquiries continually reach the Copper Development Association for a summary of reliable information on the alloy, and this booklet has been prepared in response to the demand.
It is addressed to the user and potential user of beryllium copper rather than to the student of metallurgy, and for this reason attention is focussed more upon the properties and practical manipulation of the material than upon underlying scientific principles. Nevertheless, the nature of precipitation hardening, to which beryllium copper owes its high strength and hardness, is described in sufficient detail to provide the general reader with a basis for the intelligent interpretation of practical problems with which he may be confronted.