What is Copper?

Copper scrap is one of the most luxurious recycled materials besides gold. Scrap copper has numerous uses in homes since it is capable of conducting electricity. It is often used as an electrical and heat conductor.

Copper is a metal that is typically used almost everywhere because of its great advantages. This metal is almost similar to gold when it comes to its characteristics and its color but is a little less valuable than gold. One of the main advantages of copper would be its resistance to corrosion. Copper can be recycled 100% without any quality loss, whether it is raw in state or integrated in a manufactured product. Copper is one of the most recycled metals after aluminum and iron.

Uses of Copper Scrap

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• Electronics
Printed circuit boards and integrated circuits progressively feature copper instead of aluminum due to its excellent electrical conductivity. Microwave oven parts make use of copper like its Vacuum tubes, electromagnets, magnetrons and cathode ray tubes. Heat exchangers and heat sinks use copper since it has an excellent heat dissipation capability.

• Wire and Cable
Copper is still the preferred electrical conductor despite rivalry from other metals. Copper wires are extensively used in power transmission, power generation, telecommunications, electronics circuitry, power distribution and various types of electrical equipment. The most significant market for copper is electrical wiring. This includes communications cable, building wire, appliance wire, power distribution cable, magnet wire, and automotive cable and wire. Almost all of electrical devices depend on copper wiring because of its multiple beneficial properties: tensile strength, ductility, high electrical conductivity, deformation resistance, low thermal expansion, corrosion resistance, solderability, high thermal conductivity and ease of installation.

• Antimicrobial /Antibiofouling Applications
Bacteria will not grow on copper since it is biostatic. Recently, copper alloys are used extensively on the production of nets due to its corrosion resistance, strength, cost and antimicrobial property. These are important netting materials in farming of aquatic organisms such as fish farming. Copper alloys are used in fish farming since they destroy viruses, algae, bacteria, fungi and other microbes. By limiting microbial growth, copper alloy avoids costly net changes which are required if other materials were used.

Biofouling can be defined as the undesirable growth, accumulation and adhesion of plants, microorganisms, tube worms, algae, mollusks, barnacle and other organisms on marine structures.

Copper’s high strength, corrosion resistance, antimicrobial and antibiofouling properties have made it an ideal solution for marine applications including water intake screens, offshore structure, sheathing and condenser tubing.

• Architecture
Copper is lightweight and recyclable that’s why it is extensively used in Architecture. Also, it has lightning protection and low thermal movement. Copper roofing, rain gutters, domes, downspouts, flashings, doors and vaults are made from copper for a long time now. Copper’s architectural application includes building expansion joints, wall cladding, radio frequency shielding and indoor products including counter tops, bathroom fixtures and handrails.

Numerous applications worldwide use an extensive range of copper based materials. One of the reasons why copper recycling became so popular is that it can be reused over and over again without loss on its quality. Recycling metals has an endless appeal and use which can be reinvented and recast for a whole new purpose.