Wholesale gas prices in the Netherlands and the UK have risen 20 percent recently amid concerns about Russian supplies.
The EU plans to cut its dependence on Russian gas by two-thirds this year and stop importing Russian fossil fuels by 2027. Russia exported about 155 billion cubic meters of gas to the EU in 2021.
The US recently said it would try to supply 15bn cubic meters of LNG to the EU this year. U.S. LNG plants are running at full capacity, and analysts say much of the extra gas the U.S. sends to Europe comes from what should have been exported elsewhere.
The German government called Russia “an unreliable energy supplier”. Even though the German government claimed that they have been preparing for the situation for a long time that Russia may stop sending gas one day, experts say it is hard for the EU to replace all of Russia’s gas exports any time soon.
The supply and prices of many TaC powder will continue to be influenced by international situations.
Introduction to Tantalum Carbide TaC Powder
Tantalum carbide is a kind of transition metal carbide. Black or dark brown metallic powder, cubic crystal system, hard. Melting point 3880℃, boiling point 5500℃, relative density 13.9, hardness 9 ~ 10. Insoluble in water, slightly soluble in sulfuric acid and hydrofluoric acid, soluble in a mixture of hydrofluoric acid and nitric acid.
Its chemical properties are extremely stable. It has excellent physical and chemical properties, such as high hardness, high melting point, good electrical conductivity, and thermal shock resistance, good chemical corrosion resistance, high oxidation resistance, catalytic performance, etc.
|Tantalum Carbide TaC Powder Properties
|tantalum(IV) carbide, TaC powder
|brown to dark brown powder
|Solubility in H2O
Applications of Tantalum Carbide TaC Powder
Tantalum carbide is mainly used for cemented carbide, capacitors, electronic devices, high-temperature components, chemical equipment, and armor piercing shells.
1. Cemented carbide
Tantalum carbide plays an important role in cemented carbide. It improves the properties of the alloy by improving the fiber structure and phase transformation dynamics, making the alloy have higher strength, phase stability, and processing deformation ability. Tantalum carbide has a very high melting point (4000℃) and good thermodynamic stability. Tantalum is particularly effective in promoting nucleation and preventing carbon precipitation from nucleated brittle films formed during late solidification. Its main function is to prevent cemented carbide grain from growing up. In addition, it forms a third dispersion phase with TiC besides WC and Co, which significantly increases the thermal shock resistance, crescent hole wear resistance, and oxidation resistance of cemented carbide, and improves its redness and hardness.
TaC is added into the alloy in different ways, which will greatly affect the properties of the alloy. On the other surface, the TiC-TaC-WC core phase formed by adding TaC to the alloy as TiC-TaC-WC solid solution has a larger sub-crystal size and smaller microscopic strain than the TiC-TaC-WC core phase, and the former one has better physical and mechanical properties and longer cutting life.
2. Electronics industry
In recent years, transition metal carbides have attracted much attention due to their chemical stability, high hardness, strong oxidation and corrosion resistance, low resistivity, and many other advantages. Carbide nanomaterials show great potential in metal coatings, tools, machine parts, and composites. Among all the carbide nanomaterials, silver carbide is one of the most popular materials, and also one of the materials with the greatest potential. Tantalum carbide not only inherits many advantages of carbide nanomaterials, but also has its own unique side, such as high hardness (Mohs hardness is 9-10 at room temperature, high melting point (about 3880℃), high Young’s modulus (283-550 GPa), strong conductivity (conductivity is 32.7-117.4μ ω ·cm at 25℃), high-temperature superconductivity (10.5K), strong resistance to chemical decay and thermal shock, and high catalytic activity for ammonia decomposition and hydrogen separation.
At present, tantalum carbide powder and whisk tantalum carbide have been prepared by means of carbothermic reduction, thermal plasma, solvothermal, sol-gel, microwave heating, alkali reduction, self-propagating high-temperature synthesis, and high-frequency induction heating sintering.
Among carbides, the best melting resistance is tantalum carbide (TaC) (melting point 3890℃) and hafnium carbide (HfC) (melting point 3880℃), followed by zirconium carbide (ZrC) (melting point 3500℃). These materials have excellent mechanical properties at high temperatures, far exceeding the best polycrystalline inks. Tantalum carbide, in particular, is the only material that maintains certain mechanical properties over the temperature range of 2900℃ to 3200℃. However, the disadvantage of tantalum carbide is that it is very sensitive to thermal shock, and the low thermal conductivity and high thermal expansion coefficient of carbide become the biggest obstacle to the application of aerospace materials. The addition of tantalum carbide to carbon/carbon composites will have higher thermal conductivity and lower thermal expansion conditions, and exert the oxidation resistance and ablative resistance of refractory metals.
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The TaC powder industry has experienced demand expectations driven by the rise and the off-season tired stock driven by the seasonal decline in two rounds of the market. Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and other factors, inventories of manufacturers continue to accumulate, putting pressure on market sentiment. In addition to off-season factors, the weak trend of TaC powder also reflects the market’s concern about the epidemic and some other related enterprises’ financial situation.