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On average, the mechanical characteristics of a brass bar, or the details obtained by hot forging or machining it, are the same as, if not superior to, those of a good construction steel, as shown in the Table below, which lists the average values of the main mechanical properties:

The mechanical properties of brass alloys are obviously related to chemical composition and metallurgical state as evidenced by the following diagrams:


Copper alloys at low temperatures keep substantially their mechanical characteristics. They show good resistance to impact up to -250° C. Combined with good thermal conductivity, these properties make of copper alloys excellent materials for the building of heat exchangers or cooling equipment parts.