Copper is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal, which is why it can be manufactured into various shape such as a Copper Tube. Additionally, copper also exhibits very high thermal as well as electrical conductivity in comparison to other alloy grades. Similar to stainless steel grades, in the presence of air or during oxidation process, the Copper Tube tends to form a green coloured self- protecting layer on its surface known as patina, which in turn protects the metal from getting corroded. Copper is naturally able to resist biofouling and has anti-microbial properties. In fact, copper is known to prevent biofouling, even when exposed to extreme conditions
Although it is important to note that type k copper tube is susceptible to erosion corrosion, which in turn is caused by rapidly flowing turbulent water. If the general water speed or the degree of local turbulence, occurring in an installation is high, the protective film which is normally formed in a tube due to a slight initial corrosion, could be torn off the surface of the pipe locally, thus permitting further corrosion to take place.
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