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oxidation and cracking of copper

oxidation and cracking of copper

oxidation and cracking of copper

This is sort of a two part question.
At what temperature does copper begin to experience rapid oxidation in atmospheric conditions? Is this temperature related to the type of oxide being formed? (eg CuO vs Cu203).

On a separate issue, has anyone come across branching transgranular type cracking in oxygen free pure copper - if so any idea what could cause that? I have observed this in some rotor bars from an induction motor.

RE: oxidation and cracking of copper

Note: This question was answered on the Metal and Metallurgical Engineering Forum.
Additional temperature data would be welcome.

RE: oxidation and cracking of copper

Can anyone point me to the Thread that kenvlach has referenced above?  Somehow I missed it on that forum.

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RE: oxidation and cracking of copper

Here it is: oxidation and cracking of copper
(Note: only required a keyword search: copper oxidation).

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