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Tantalum carbide (TaC) is an extremely hard refractory ceramic material, commercially used in tool bits for cutting tools. It is a heavy, brown powder usually processed by sintering, and an important cermet material. It is sometimes used as a fine-crystalline additive to tungsten carbide alloys. Tantalum carbide has the distinction of being the stoichiometric binary compound with the highest known melting point, at 4150 K (3880°C) . The substoichiometric compound TaC0.89 has a higher melting point, near 4270 K (4000°C).
Additional recommended knowledge
When used as a mould coating, it produces a low friction surface.
Tantalum carbide-graphite composite material, developed in Los Alamos National Laboratory, is one of the hardest materials ever synthesized.
Dusts from grinding can be flammable.
Substances to avoid are: flammable gases (dust may form explosive mixtures with gases)
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