Zirconium Carbide (ZrC) Nanoparticles
Zirconium Carbide (ZrC) is an important metal carbide material. The crystal structure of ZrC is stable in the face-centered cubic form. The size of ZrC nanoparticles varies greatly depending on the production method while the appearance of ZrC nanoparticles is in the form of black powder. ZrC nanoparticles have attracted attention due to their intrinsic properties such as high melting temperature, good mechanical properties, solid-state stability, low evaporation rate, excellent thermal and electrical properties, corrosion-resisting properties and remarkable neutron transparency. The melting point of ZrC is around 3500°C, thermal conductivity is 20.5 W/mK, the elastic modulus is 480 GPa, and hardness is around 27 GPa. Especially the neutron transparency and solid-state stability of ZrC nanoparticles have attracted attention in nuclear power energy applications. Main application areas of ZrC nanoparticles are;
- High-strength cutting tools,
- Wear-resistant components,
- Far-infrared ceramics,
- High-temperature applications,
- Heat preserving functional textiles,
- Core materials of fourth-generation nuclear plants.