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Corrosion Resistance of Copper and Copper Alloys



Corrosion Resistance of Copper and Copper Alloys

Michael Schütze (Editor), Ralf Feser (Editor), Roman Bender (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-33224-3 November 2011 752 Pages


Copper and its alloys have been utilized for more than 10,000 years. Today, copper is one of the most commonly used metals in the world; 24 million tons are consumed worldwide.
A wide variety of copper alloys are used in a range of applications. As well as good mechanical properties, the excellent electrical conductivity and thermal conduction are reasons copper alloys are deployed in many industrial fields. Copper plays a role in electronic and electrical applications and all forms of heat transfer. In automobiles as well as in houses copper could not be replaced. In the sanitary industry copper and brass are well established, for example, drinking water pipes have been used for decades without problems.
While the corrosion resistance of copper and its alloys is excellent in unpolluted air and drinking water, corrosion rates in impure environments can be much higher and lead to severe material damage. Corrosion is a system property, so it is important to find the right copper material with regard to the environmental conditions it will be exposed to.
This handbook highlights the limitations of the use of copper and its alloys in various corrosive solutions and provides vital information on corrosion protection measures.
Acetic Acid
Aliphatic Aldehydes
Aliphatic Amines
Aliphatic Ketones
Alkaline Earth Chlorides
alkaline Earth Hydroxides
Aluminium Chloride
Ammonia and Ammonium Hydroxide
Ammonium Salts
Benzene and Benzene Homologues
Carbonic Acid
Carboxylic Acid Esters
Chlorine and Chlorinated Water
Chlorine Dioxide
Drinking Water
Ferrous Chlorides
Fluorine, Hydrogen Fluoride, Hydrofluoric Acid
Formic Acid
Hot Oxidizing Gases
Hydrochloric Acid
Hydrogen Chloride
Lithium Hydroxide
Nitric Acid
Phosphoric Acid
Potassium Chloride
Potassium Hydroxide
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Hydroxide
Sodium Sulfate
Sulfonic Acid
Sulfur Dioxide
Sulfuric Acid
Waste Water

“This book should be available in areas where applications of cooper materials are desired and/or common practice, serving there as reference book and discussion base.  Also for investigation and analysis of damage cases this host of data and information is a useful tool for systematic working.”  (Materials and Corrosion, 1 August 2013)