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Uses of Copper

6/12/2012 5:20:45 PM | by Anonymous


Metal is known for its durability and heavy weight. But did you know that the malleable, red-brown material that can be found inside electrical wiring is actually a metal? This metal which is used as an electric conductor is called copper. Copper was the first mineral extract from the earth and its discovery paved the way to the Bronze Age. Its being excellent conductor of heat and electricity, corrosion resistant, durable, malleable and lightweight are the reasons why copper is used for various applications.


Among metals, copper has the highest electrical conductivity apart from silver. About 65% of copper produced is used in copper wire, electromagnets, electrical relays and switches, and other more electrical applications. Electrical equipment such as computer, television and radio has wirings installed to them where electricity will flow. It is also used in generators and transformers so electricity will be delivered safely and efficiently. Copper also promotes energy efficiency as it allows electric current to flow without much loss of energy.


The next popular application of copper is in construction. It is water proof and rust free making it a suitable material for plumbing roofing and cladding. Its malleability also makes it possible to create a variety of home equipment and supplies. There are copper doorknobs, bath tub, kitchen sink and counters. When alloyed with nickel silver, rust free cookware and kitchen utensils such as spoons, forks and knives can be produced. There are even decorative art like statues and sculptures made of copper.


Copper is also known for its anti-microbial properties. Hospital and healthcare facilities utilize copper to its touched surfaces such as doorknob because it reduces transfer of diseases and germs. Copper is increasingly recognized as an essential component in promoting the health of human. Copper bracelets are produced which is said can ease joint and arthritis pain. Youthfulness of the body can also be maintained as deficiency from it can cause grayness of hair, appearance of wrinkles and varicose veins.

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