As with any forged metal, once heated and formed the material has superior density, directional strength, and unparalleled durability. Brass and copper forged components also presents unique opportunities in addition the typical benefits of die forging.
The properties of brass/copper are:
- High corrosive resistance
- Superior machinability
- Electrical and thermal conductivity
- High ductility
- Exceptional plating characteristics
These properties lend themselves to applications where corrosion, electric magnetism, and extreme heat could compromise the component. Combine these properties with the inherent advantages of forging and copper/brass is being used more and more in manufacturing.
One specific application of copper forging is in energy-efficient motors, which have grown in demand over the last decade. Copper’s ability to conduct electricity while maintaining structural integrity is paramount for use in these advanced motors.
Copper components have been used for decades for valves, flanges, pumps, and compressors were caustic chemicals would normally tarnish other metals. While copper castings and weldments (more traditional copper manufacturing techniques) are common, they cannot replicate the metallurgical advantages of forging.