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Copper-jacketed Germ Buster
(-----) January 28, 2008
We are in the biomedical device business, and I design machines used in the processing of human tissue. Often we use 304 stainless for components of our equipment, and it seems that copper alloys may do a good job of mitigating bacterial growth. Is it possible to retrofit stainless components with a copper alloy to attain the anti-microbial properties and retain the strength of the stainless part?
The article "Copper-jacketed Germ Buster, Machine Design Dec 13 2007, page 78" includes materials that are solid alloy.Mark Hayzlett
Product Designer - Branchburg, NJ
January 30, 2008
Yes, Mark, it is possible to electroplate copper onto these stainless steel items.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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