Featuring Electrolytic Copper in a variety of forms and Copper anodes meeting CDA 101 specifications

Copper is one of the basic chemical elements. In its nearly pure state, copper is a reddish-orange metal. Copper was first used as early as 10,000 years ago. A copper pendant was found in 8700 B.C. in Mesopotamia (Land between the Rivers). In the United States, the first copper mine was opened in Granby, Connecticut (1705), followed by one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1732). Despite this history, more than 96% of all copper ever mined and smelted has been extracted since 1900, and more than half was extracted in only the last 24 years.

One of the most widely used metals, the major applications of Copper are in electrical wires, roofing and plumbing, and industrial machinery. Copper has certain valuable properties that individually and in combination, determine what fields of application are suitable for the metal. The properties of major significance are electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and resistance to corrosion, malleability, formability, and strength. In addition, copper has a pleasing color, is nonmagnetic and is easily finished by plating or lacquering. Copper can also be welded, brazed and soldered satisfactorily. When it is desirable to improve certain of these basic properties, alloying often solves the problem, and such widely used commercial materials as the brasses, bronzes, copper-nickel alloys and nickel-silvers have been developed in consequence.

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Alloy Impurities: Trace Elements Changing the Characteristics of Copper

Throughout industrial and manufacturing operations, you’ll find copper metals used in both equipment and finished products. Pure copper has incredible thermal and conducive properties. It also provides exceptional corrosion resistance. So you’ll often find it in electrical applications and electronic products. In addition, pure copper is very soft and malleable, making it ideal for numerous…

Choosing an Alloy to Get the Best Application Results

Brass and bronze are used in a range of applications, such as component parts for factories, end products for commercial retailers, and creating jewelry for the public. Brass alloys consist of the base metal of copper with varying amounts of zinc added, while bronze contains copper with aluminum, tin, magnesium and other materials. Yet how…

Water safety

Lead-free and low-lead alloys keep up with plumbing industry regulations Copper faucets, sinks and appliances have a lustrous color that helps create a warm atmosphere, making a house feel like a home. Copper and its alloys also are functional and durable. They resist corrosion and require little maintenance, which makes red metals an ideal choice…

Bring out the best

Master alloys help copper shine Red metals have played an important role in many cultures, including those of the ancient Egyptians and Romans, who crafted tools, cookware, dishes, mirrors and razors out of copper. Modern uses for copper include electrical, heating/cooling applications, fluid handling and plumbing applications, as well as an increasing demand for the…