silicon carbide


Definition of silicon carbide

: a very hard dark crystalline compound SiC of silicon and carbon that is used as an abrasive and as a refractory and in electric resistors

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During testing, with liquid silicon stored at 3,600 degrees F for around an hour, the silicon did transform into silicon carbide. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Envision Replacing Batteries with a Molten Silicon 'Sun in a Box'," 6 Dec. 2018 The awards will go to two projects aimed at speeding the development and licensing of a reactor fuel that features silicon carbide composite fuel cladding that contains uranium carbide fuel pellets. Rob Nikolewski,, "General Atomics receives $3.2 million in federal funding for advanced nuclear energy work," 1 May 2018 Engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles, used a combination of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles and magnesium. Jessica Firger, Newsweek, "Scientists Create the Superman of Metals," 25 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of silicon carbide

1893, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of silicon carbide

: a very hard dark crystalline compound SiC of silicon and carbon that is used as an abrasive in dentistry

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