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Copper and Stainless Steel

  1. Oct 19, 2012 #1
    I heard a rumor from some people at a scrap yard that it's impossible to sepperate copper from stainless steel, and that the copper ruins the stainless steels structual integrety. Is there any truth to this?
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  3. Oct 20, 2012 #2


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    The comment ('rumor') may be related to the magnetic properties of certain stainless steel, or the lack thereof.

    Austenitic stainless steels are non-magnetic, while ferritic and martensitic (and PH) are magnetic. Austenitics could not be magnetically separated from copper.
    http://www.mceproducts.com/knowledge-base/article/article-dtl.asp?id=18 [Broken]

    Copper in sufficient fractions degrades the structural properties of stainless steels.
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  4. Oct 21, 2012 #3
    If you had melted copper into the stainless steel can you then remove the copper?
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