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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). 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 mostly made into a controlled rod shape. But sometimes it’s made into powder due to the 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 plays an important role in the lightweight armour of armed aircraft and the bulletproof body armor of helicopters. The British used this material as a raw materials to manufacture armor that can protect against armor-piercing projectsiles.
(2) In terms or chemical raw 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 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. 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 in the navigational system of an aircraft is an essential component. Boron carbide can be used as an additive to increase the gyroscope’s life.
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