The Extraordinary Benefits of Tungsten Carbide

Tungsten carbide is a ceramic material composed of approximately a 1:1 ratio of tungsten and carbon atoms. For practical applications it is alloyed with >6% of a softer metal, usually cobalt.

Tungsten carbide is widely used in industry because of its extraordinary properties. Because of its wear resistance and hardness (9.8 Moe's scale), tungsten carbide is ideally suited for wear parts, other machine parts and dies which are subject to severe service conditions. such as high temperatures, corrosion and abrasion.. In recent years, tungsten carbide has emerged as a superior alternative to steel in many industrial applications.

The primary attraction of tungsten carbide is its high strength and low ductility at high temperatures. Other important properties include thermal and electrical conductivity.

Because of its longer wear qualities, tungsten carbide tooling translates into significant cost savings for OEMs, including:

• Smaller parts inventories
• Less downtime to replace worn components
• Greater productivity

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