Copper-nickel alloys (also known as cupronickels) provide the most acceptable high-strength option for a copper alloy. This is because the addition of nickel to pure copper increases the strength and corrosive resistance of the copper while retaining copper’s ability to be ductile when exposed to heat and pressure — making it an excellent material choice for pipe systems.
However, strength is not their only characteristic. Copper nickels also offer an excellent option for those wishing to pursue water resistance. For example, if you’re looking at power generation under water or anything to do with commercial shipping, copper nickels are the ideal material.
Other common uses for copper nickels include:
Interestingly, despite the presence of copper, copper nickels are uniformingly silver in colour due to the nickel component’s high electronegativity.
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