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Characteristics of tungsten carbide

What is tungsten carbide?

Binding between tungsten and carbon forms an extremely dense crystal structure called hexagonal crystal, whose Young’s modulus is approximately 550 GPa, which is a rigidity nearly two times that of steel.

1High hardness

High hardness

The Mohs’ hardness of tungsten carbide is “9.” It boasts a level of hardness second to diamond.

2High strength at high temperatures

High strength at high temperatures

It is an optimal raw material for cutting tools to be used in a high-temperature and high-speed environment, thanks to the high strength at high temperatures and low thermal expansion coefficient.

3Resistant to corrosion

Resistant to corrosion

Tungsten carbide is an extremely stable substance, and it does not oxidize at normal temperatures or in air. In addition, it has a low tendency to form a solid solution with various elements, and delivers stable characteristics even in severe environments.

  • Resistance to oxidation

    Oxidation occurs at approximately 300℃ and reaction occurs rapidly at approximately 700℃ to form an oxide (WO3) when its powder is heated in an oxygen-containing atmosphere.

  • Chemical resistance

    Although it does not dissolve in water, hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid, it dissolves in nitic acid.

  • Reactivity

    Reacts with chlorine at 400℃ or higher.
    Reacts with fluorine at 18℃.

Molecular weight 195.9
Crystal structure Hexagonal crystal
Amount of carbon combined(%) 6.13
Specific gravity 15.6
Lattice constant(Å) a=2.900
c=2.831
Melting point(℃) 2,747
Mohs’ hardness 9
Young’s modulus(GPa) 550