Metallurgy of Copper, USSR.
JOINT PUBLICATIONS RESEARCH SERVICE ARLINGTON VA
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Copper, its tin alloys, called bronzes, and its zinc alloys, called brass, were known as far back as ancient time. Instruments, weapons, vessels, and decorations were made from copper and bronze. Because copper and brass have a high corrosion resistance they are used to coat the hulls of ships and as roofing material. Gun barrels, bells, and sculpture are cast from bronze which has better casting properties as compared to copper. Copper is a better conductor of electricity and heat than iron and many other metals therefore, with the development of electronics it has become the chief material for conductors, cables, busbars, contacts, and other current conducting parts of an electrical plant. The electronics industry consumes about 50 of all copper produced.
- Properties of Metals and Alloys