Boron Carbide

Boron Carbide is a high performance abrasive material with chemical and physical properties similar to diamonds, such as, chemical resistance and hardness. 
Boron carbide’s extra hardness gives it the nickname “Black Diamond” (It ranks third after diamond and boron nitride) and is one of the leading grinding materials.
Boron carbide (chemical formula B4C) is an extremely hard ceramic material used in tank armor, bulletproof vests, and numerous industrial applications.
With a hardness of 9.3 on the mohs scale, it is one of the hardest materials known, behind cubic boron nitride and diamond.



Due to its high hardness, Boron Carbide powder is used as an abrasive in polishing and lapping applications, and also as a loose abrasive in cutting applications such as water jet cutting. It can also be used for dressing diamond tools.


The extreme hardness of Boron Carbide (B4C) gives it excellent wear and abrasion resistance and as a consequence it finds application as nozzles
for slurry pumping, grit blasting and in water jet cutters



Its ability to absorb neutrons without forming long lived radio-nuclides
make the material attractive as an absorbent for neutron radiation arising
in nuclear power plants. Nuclear applications of Boron Carbide include shielding, and control rod and shut down pellets



Boron Carbide (B4C), in conjunction with other materials also finds use
as ballistic armor (including body or personal armor) where the combination of high hardness, high elastic modulus, and low density give the material
an exceptionally high specific stopping power



Ceramic tooling dies, precision toll parts, evaporating boats for materials testing and mortars and pestles.



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