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What is Boron Carbide?
Boron carburide (also known as black diamand) is a substance that has the molecular formula B4C. It’s a gray-black fine powder. It is among the three hardest substances known (the two others being diamond and cubic boron-nitride). It’s used in bulletproof vests, tank armor and many other industrial applications. Its Mohs hardness rating is 9.3.
Boron carbide absorbs a large amount of neutrons and does not form radioisotopes. It is therefore an ideal neutron absorption material in nuclear power plants. Neutron absorbers are used to control nuclear fission. In the nuclear reactor sector, the main form of Boron carbide used is a controllable Rod shape. But sometimes it’s made into powder due to the increased surface area.
Due to its low density, it is a good material for lightweight armor and ceramic reinforcement phases. It is widely used in ceramic reinforcing phase, lightweight armor, neutron absorbers and other applications. As boron carbide can be easily manufactured and is less expensive than diamond and cubic Boron Nitride, it is used more often. It can be used to replace expensive diamonds at certain locations and is often used for grinding, drilling, and grinding.
Boron carbide Powder Uses
(1) The field is national defense. Bullet-proofing has been done with boron carbide ceramics since the 1960s. Comparing it to other materials, its characteristics are easy portability and high toughness. It is an important component of the lightweight armor used on armed helicopters as well as the bulletproof aircraft armor. The British used this material as a raw materials to manufacture armor that can protect against armor-piercing projectsiles.
(2) In terms if chemical raw materials. To increase the wear resistance of alloy materials and their strength, boron-carbide is used as an alloying agent. This can be done by boronizing the metal to produce a thin layer iron boride.
(3) Wear-resistant field. Boron carbide ceramics are visible in a number of industrial nozzles. These include desander nozzles to remove rust and nozzles designed for high-pressure water gun cutting. They are often chosen by factories for their durability under extreme conditions, and cost-effectiveness. . It can also be used to avoid pollution due to abrasive waste during grinding. As a diamond abrasive substitute, boron carbide can be used to reduce the cost of processing various metals as well as jade glass.
(4) Nuclear energy. boron-carbide is commonly used as a neutron absorber in safety rods and control rods to regulate the rate of nuclear fission.
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