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Is brass a good conductor of electricity?

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Brass is a good electrically conductive alloy. At 68 degrees Fahrenheit, it has a low resistance at around 0.6 to 0.9E-7 Ohm meter. One of its component metals is copper, which is only second best to silver in electric conductivity.

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Although it is considered to be a good electric conductor, brass is only 28 percent as conductive as copper. Zinc makes up the other part of the alloy and degrades its electric performance. While copper is more commonly used for standard electrical applications, there are situations when brass is the preferred material due to its high tensile strength, resistance to corrosion or other properties.

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