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 one the three hardest substances known (the two others being diamond and cubic boron-nitride). Tank armor, bulletproof vests, and many other industrial uses are made of it. Boron carbide absorbs a lot of neutrons but does not produce radioisotopes. This makes it an ideal neutron absorption material for nuclear power plants. Neutron absorbers are used to regulate the rate of nuclear fusion. Boron carbide, which is used in nuclear reactors, is usually made in a controlled rod shape. But sometimes it’s made into powder form because of its increased surface area.
What are the main applications of Boron Carbide?
(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 used to make the lightweight armor on armed helicopters as well as the bulletproof aircraft armor. 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 and strength of alloys, boron carbide is used as an alloy boronizing agent. This can be done by boronizing the metal to create a thin layer iron boride.
(3) Wear-resistant field. Boron carbide ceramics are visible in a number of industrial nozzles. These include desander nozzles and nozzles designed for high-pressure water guns. Often, they are chosen by factories for their durability under extreme conditions as well as high cost performance. . 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. Due to its excellent capacity for neutron absorbtion, boron carbide is often used as a neutron absorption control rod, safety rods and in other components, which are designed to reduce the rate of nuclear fusion and ensure human safety.
(5) Aviation. The gyroscope, which is an essential component of aircraft navigation, can be effectively extended by using boron-carbide as an additive.
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