C106 (DHP; phosphorus deoxidised copper) is a grade of copper from which oxygen is removed by the controlled addition of phosphorus during the melting cycle. It is the material normally used for the manufacture of copper tubes as it can be readily welded or brazed. C106 has deep drawing characteristics superior even to those of tough pitch copper (C101).
The presence of phosphorus acts as a deoxidant, removing copper oxide which would otherwise react with hydrogen. The residual phosphorus remains alloyed with the copper within the specified range 0.013-0.050%. The copper content is 99.85% minimum and the grade should be specified for all non-electrical applications, especially those involving assembly by welding or brazing. Phosphorus deoxidised copper is not susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement which is a serious risk with non-deoxidised grades.
Related Specifications of C106
- SF-Cu (DE)
Nominal Composition of C106
Cu 99.85% min
Key Features of C106
- Good thermal conductivity
- Non-magnetic & spark resistant
- Good electrical conductivity
- Good corrosion resistance
- Outstanding formability
- Excellent joining properties
- Ideal for plating and polishing
Applications of C106
Chemical processing | Heat exchanger plant, calorifiers, chemical plant, storage tanks, refrigeration plant, chemical pipework, water and gas installations and tubing; soil and waste disposal
Other | Roofing sheet, architectural and decorative metalwork, air conditioning equipment and pipework, central heating systems, marine and general engineering fasteners and masonry fixings
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