CDA 102 Copper Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview

CDA 102 copper wire mesh (aka C10200 copper wire mesh) is the most extensively used copper alloy in the industrial wire cloth world. Where no specific copper type is specified, it is assumed CDA 102 copper wire cloth is acceptable. C10200 copper is a pure, oxygen-free copper with a minimum copper content of 99.95% and a maximum oxygen content of 0.001%. As with other pure, oxygen-free coppers, CDA 102 copper wire mesh possesses excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, and is very malleable, pliable, and ductile. In comparison to bronzes and brasses, C10200 copper wire cloth possesses lesser abrasion resistance, hardness and tensile strength.

Following weaving, CDA 102 copper wire cloth is reddish-brown in color. Over time, the surface will slowly patina to a greenish/blue color known as verdigris. The environment plays a primary factor in the pace at which C10200 copper wire mesh will patina. In dry conditions, it can take years for the patina to take full effect, whereas in outdoor, seaside settings, CDA 102 copper wire cloth will fully patina in as little as six months.

If desired, you can speed up the patina effect by removing surface oil with a mild household cleaner, or can slow down the patina effect by applying a lacquer, wax, or occasional oiling to protect the C10200 copper wire cloth from the environment.

Some characteristics of CDA 102 copper wire cloth which dictate its wide use are:

  • The most widely used copper alloy for wire cloth.
  • Non-magnetic in all forms.
  • Reddish-brown in color following weaving; will slowly patina to a greenish/blue color known as verdigris.
  • Withstands outdoor exposure without rusting.
  • Superior resistance to atmospheric corrosion vs. bronze & brass alloys.
  • Corrodes when exposed to ammonia and other salts.
  • Excellent thermal and electrical conductivity.
  • Antimicrobial.
  • Can be cut, formed, and welded.

Industries & Applications

Given its mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties, CDA 102 copper wire cloth is principally used in Faraday cages, RFI shielding, HVAC units, and other electrical applications. Due to its unique patina color, CDA 102 copper wire mesh is frequently used by architects, artists, designers, and homeowners in both decorative and functional settings. Additional industries and applications which commonly use C10200 copper wire cloth include:

  • Aerospace
  • Bookbinding
  • Cabinets
  • Fireplace Screen
  • Electric Heaters
  • Energy Storage
  • Gamma Irradiators
  • Gutter Guard
  • Health, Body and Mind Enrichment
  • Insect Screen
  • Liquid Filtration & Particle Separation
  • Marine
  • Military Shelters
  • Modular Containers
  • Papermaking
  • Pest Control Fumigation
  • Robotics
  • Roofing
  • Root Control
  • Sculptures
  • Soffit Screen
  • Wall Panels
  • Wood Working

Common Aliases

CDA 102 copper is also commonly referred to as:

  • UNS C10200
  • C102 copper
  • Oxygen-free copper
  • CW008A
  • CA102

CDA 102 Copper Wire Mesh – Typical Chemistry

UNS C10200 - CDA 102 Copper Wire Mesh - Typical Chemistry
CDA 102 Copper

Typical Standards

CDA 102 Copper Wire Cloth – Harmonized Tariff Codes: Chapter 74

Woven C10200 Copper Wire Mesh:

  • HTS Code: 7419990680

Extensive Stock Inventory & Manufacture-to-Order Capability

Phoenix Wire Cloth carries one of the largest stock inventories of woven CDA 102 copper wire mesh, bolting cloth, milling cloth, and filter cloth in the United States, and can manufacture-to-order any combination of mesh opening size + wire diameter(s) needed to meet your specific project requirements.  In addition, we can slit, cut, punch, form, heat treat, powder coat, etc. C10200 copper wire mesh to deliver the exact material you require.

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