The determining properties of copper uses are:
-The electrical conductivity.
-Resistance to corrosion.
-The thermal conductivity
– Malleability and flexibility
-The attitude with welding
-Fungicidal properties (which destroy fungi)
It has been shown that copper and its alloys are able to eradicate the most resistant bacteria and virus.
The fast-acting mechanism of copper on bacteria
1. Copper prevents bacteria, fungi, etc. developing on its surface.
2. If the bacteria are in contact with copper, the cell membrane of the bacteria breaks.
3. The ions in copper generate an oxidative stress that causes additional damages to the cells of the virus.
4. The DNA of the bacteria degrades, which prevents them from developing resistance to copper.
The advantage of copper against nosocomial diseases
Several tests in laboratories and experiments in different hospitals around the world have proved the effectiveness of copper and its alloys against bacteria such as salmonella, Escherichia coli and staphylococcus resistant to methicillin (antibiotic). A copper surface eliminates staphylococcus in 90 minutes and reduces the number of pathogenic germs by 90 to 100% relative to the same surface constructed of standard materials. Another study conducted by the University of Southampton has shown that copper also allows the inactivity of flu virus in a few hours.
Copper and drinking water transportation
Copper limits the development of a number of infectious parasites, algae, bacteria and preserves in water all its sanitary qualities. Perfectly impermeable, copper piping protects water from all pollution from polluting external agents as well as from household cleaning products, insecticides or even organic solvents.
A copper installation is a durable installation: Copper resists cold, heat, pressure and temperature variations, and wear and tear without compromising. It is needed a little maintenance. The noble characteristics of this non-ferric metal give it an average life guarantee of 30 years.
It is ideal for heating: The absence of dimensional variation on a copper heating system prevents loss of pressure in the ducts, stabilizes the pumping rate and consequently regulates the energy consumption.
Copper is 100% recyclable without loss or alteration of quality.
Copper pipes are non-combustible and do not draw smoke or toxic gases in case of fire.
Copper: an indispensable trace element
Our body contains less than a gram of copper … so we would not know how to live without it. Like the trace element, copper is involved in the development of the nervous and cardiovascular system, the transport of iron, bone growth, and the proper functioning of immune functions. Copper helps the absorption of iron and influences the regulation of cholesterol metabolism.
Copper plays a vital role in bone conservation to combat osteoporosis.