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Beryllium Copper

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Pure copper by itself is soft and malleable, but with the addition of beryllium, exhibits good corrosion and oxidation resistance as well as high strength, without losing formability. It is very electrically conductive, but will not spark and is non magnetic. Read More…

Beryllium Copper Beryllium copper is the strongest, most durable copper alloy that contains anywhere from 0.5 to 3% beryllium, an alkaline earth metal that is mainly used as a hardening agent in alloys.
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Pompton Plains, NJ  |  800-838-1978

Our company may have started small, but we quickly grew to handle the largest aluminum orders. Our metals are made from the highest quality materials, and we pledge to offer superior service to all our customers. We don’t want customers who use us one time, we want to establish lifelong relationships with customers that last generations. Contact us for more info!

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Metal Associates $$$

Warminster, PA  |  215-956-0626

With over 25 years of metallurgy experience we guarantee we can produce exactly what you are looking for. We offer fast delivery and a multitude of beryllium copper sizes. Our highly knowledge staff takes great pride in creating these outstanding copper alloys. We have a reputation of manufacturing the best copper fabrications. Our company has risen in the standard in copper processing. Contact us today to learn more!

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Commercial Metal Exchange $$$

Deer Park, NY  |  631-242-7200

For knowledgeable, immediate response to your metal sourcing requests, contact Aero Specialties Material today. This full service, high performance metal supplier is your complete source for aircraft grade materials. We have alloy steels, aluminum, copper and brass alloys, nickel alloys, magnesium, stainless steel, titanium, tool steels, and more, as well as a wide range of specialty plastics.

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Aero Specialties Material Corp. $$$

North East, PA  |  814-725-9621

The electrical and transportation industries have us manufacture custom copper products for them. We also have available from our mills copper alloy and copper bar, rod and extrusions in many lengths, shapes and sizes. The Electric Materials Company has been operating since 1915. We're ISO 9001 certified.

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The Electric Materials Company $$$

Long Island City, NY  |  800-767-9494

Metalmen is a fully certified, go-to source for nationwide & global distribution of specialty copper. With over 30 years as a metal supply problem solver, let the metal men & women at Metalmen be your custom response supplier of all related services.

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Metalmen Sales Inc. $$$
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Beryllium copper is expensive and weaker than alternatives like steel, but its non sparking property heightens its value. It can be safely used in hazardous environments like oil rigs or anywhere containing combustible or explosive gases and vapor. Tools like screwdrivers, pliers, spanners, chisels and hammers are made out of beryllium copper if they are to be used in explosive environments. Depending on the amount of beryllium alloyed with the copper, BeCu is divided into two categories-high strength and high conductivity.

High strength BeCu contains higher amounts of Be and is used to manufacture musical instruments, bullets and aerospace components. Conductive BeCu, with lower amounts of beryllium, is used to make electrical connectors, electrical equipment, control bearings, magnetic sensing device houses and plastic injection molds. Because they are so conductive, BeCu molds have a high production speed. Since they are so easily formable, they can carry out complex designs with fine detail. Other products include small springs, wire, load cells and battery parts.

Compared to other alloys of similar strengths and durability, beryllium copper is very easily formable. It can be welded, cast, cut, forged, drawn, extruded and rolled into many different shapes since BeCu is such a ductile metal alloy. It is often shaped into preforms or billets like rods, bars, tubes, plates and large blocks. During fabrication and machining, beryllium copper can be very toxic to workers.

In solid form, beryllium poses no threat and is safe to handle. When the metal is being worked, however, any dust released into the air, if inhaled, is very toxic and could cause serious lung damage. To prevent injury, workers should always wear face masks to keep from breathing in the dust. In order to enhance and improve the alloy's strength, durability and electrical conductivity, it is commonly heat treated after fabrication. Age hardening and precipitation hardening, as well as tempering are all effective heat treatments.

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