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Metal Alloys - Specific Heats

Specific heat of metal alloys like brass, bronze and more

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The specific heat capacity of some common metal alloys are indicated in the table below:

Metal alloySpecific Heat
- cp -
(kJ/(kg K))(Btu/(lb oF))
Admiralty Brass 0.38 0.09
Aluminum Bronze 0.38 0.09
Ball metal 0.360 0.086
Beryllium Copper 0.42 0.10
Brass 0.377 0.090
Bronze 0.435 0.104
Hasteloy 0.38 0.091
Inconel 0.46 0.11
Incoloy 0.50 0.12
Manganese Bronze 0.38 0.09
Monel 0.53 0.127
Nickel steel 0.456 0.109
Red Brass 0.38 0.09
Solder 50/50 Sn Pb 0.167 0.04
Yellow Brass 0.38 0.09

Heating Energy

The energy required to heat a product can be calculated as

q = cp m dt                                                    (1)

where

q = heat required (kJ)

cp = specific heat (kJ/kg K, kJ/kg oC)

dt = temperature difference (K, oC)

Example - Required Heat to increase Temperature in Bronze

10 kg of bronze is heated from 20 oC to 100 oC - a temperature difference 80 oC (K). The heat required can be calculated as 

q = (0.435 kJ/kg K) (10 kg) (80 oC)

  = 348 kJ

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