What is Boron Carbide?

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What is Boron Carbide exactly?
Boron carbide (also known as black diamante) is an inorganic compound that is melted using boric acid and carbon material at high temperatures in an electrical furnace. It is often a grayish-black powder. It is one of three hardest materials (after cubic boron and diamond) and it is used in tank armor, industrial applications, and body armor. It has a Mohs Hardness of around 9.5. It was discovered by metal boride researchers in the 19th century. Scientifically, it wasn’t studied until the 1930s.

Boron Carbide’s Characteristics

Boron carbide features low density, high strength and high-temperature stability. It also has excellent chemical stability. It is used in wear-resistant material, ceramic reinforced phases, particularly in lightweight armor, and reactor neutron absorbers. Boron carbide can also absorb large quantities of neutrons, without forming radioisotopes. This makes it an ideal neutron absorber for nuclear power stations. Also, the neutron absorber is responsible for controlling the rate of nuclear fission. Boron carbide can be used to make controllable rods for nuclear reactors. Sometimes, however, it is also made into a powder to increase its surface area.

Boron Carbide B4C Powder CAS 12069-32-8

Boron Carbide has many advantages

Boron carbide works almost as hard as diamond and boron nutride. However, it is relatively easy to produce and is low in cost when compared to diamond and cubicboron. It is widely used because of its low price, which makes it an excellent substitute for boron-nitride or diamond. It is used in certain applications as an alternative to expensive diamonds.

Boron Carbide is used

1. Nuclear industry: Application of Boron carbide

Boron carbide has high neutron absorption and a wide energy range for absorbing neutrons. This makes it a popular neutron absorbing material in nuclear reactors. The thermal cross-section of the boron-10 Isotope is the highest, at 347×10-24cm2, and is second only behind a few elements, such as gadolinium or samarium. This makes it an effective thermal neutron absorber. Boron carbide has many advantages, including its high resources and resistance to corrosion. It also has excellent thermal stability and does not produce radioactive elements. Also, it has low secondary energy so it is often used in nuclear reactors as a control material or shielding material. Grossman applied the boron carbide ceramic coat to the nuclear industry, and obtained very good results.

2. Use of boron carbonide in materials

Boron carbide is a widely used material: boron carbide is used as an abrasive in the grinding and polishing engineering ceramics. Boron carbide, which has a high hardness, can be used for making high-pressure water jet cutting and sandblasting tools. Boron carbide also has the ability to be used to make high-pressure water jet cutting and nozzles. Boron carbide, which has excellent corrosion resistance and chemical properties, can also be used to make the shaft tip in rocket liquid fuel flow transmitters. Boron carbide’s good thermal conductivity and stability can be used as a continuous mold in the machinery sector. The use of boron carbonide in coating materials is another option. Boron carbide has a high hardness, wear resistance and radiation resistance and can be used for making amorphous carbide coated tools.


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