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What is Boron Carbide?
Boron carburide (also known as black diamand) is an organic material with 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 while forming no radioisotopes. It is therefore an ideal neutron absorption material in nuclear power plants. The neutron absorbers control the nuclear fission rate. Boron carbide, which is used in nuclear reactors, is mostly made in a controlled 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 diamond in certain areas 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 a high level of hardness. It plays an important role in the lightweight armour of armed aircraft and the bulletproof body armor of helicopters. It was used as a raw materials by the British in order to manufacture armor capable of defending against armor-piercing projectsiles.
(2) In terms of raw chemical materials. To increase the wear resistance of alloys and their strength, boron-carbide is used. This can be done by boronizing the metal surface and forming 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. Many factories choose them because they have a long life and are cost-effective. . 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. The excellent neutron absorbency of boron carbide is commonly used to make control rods of neutron absorption, safety rods and many other components. This helps control the rate at which nuclear fission occurs and ensure human safety.
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