Copper and brass are two very similar looking metals but there are many occasions when it's useful to be able to differentiate between brass and copper pipes. Copper is a naturally occurring metal which is fairly unique in the fact that it has a gold like color. Most metals (with the exception of gold) are silver in color. Brass is a manmade alloy of copper and zinc mixed together.
Brass is a metallic alloy that is made of copper and zinc. The proportions of zinc and copper can vary to create different types of brass alloys with varying mechanical and electrical properties. It is a substitutional alloy: atoms of the two constituents may replace each other within the same crystal structure.
Brass is used for decoration for its bright gold-like appearance; for applications where low friction is required such as locks, gears, bearings, doorknobs, ammunition casings and valves; for plumbing and electrical applications; and extensively in brass musical instruments such as horns and bells where a combination of high workability (historically with hand tools) and durability is desired. It is also used in zippers. Brass is often used in situations in which it is important that sparks not be struck, such as in fittings and tools used near flammable or explosive materials.
Copper pipes and tubes are generally utilized to supply hot water and cold water. They are also employed as refrigerant line in high voltage AC systems. Furthermore, copper pipes and tubes are customized to cater individual requirements for many applications such as ultra-low bandwidth devices.
The global copper pipes and tubes market will grow at a CAGR of close to 4% during the forecast period.