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Silicon Carbide (artificial)

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Silicon Carbide
Artificial Silicon Carbide is included in this database as samples of it are frequently sold in "rock shops" and on internet auctions, sometimes under the name 'carborundum', sometimes as 'moissanite' (there is a very rare natural Silicon Carbide with the name moissanite), but most frequently with no name at all.

It is easily recognised by its dark blue-black colour, rainbow sheen (like the colours you see on oily water) and the extreme hardness, it will easily scratch glass and every common mineral except diamond.

It is formed in blast furnaces during the production of iron.

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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Silicon Carbide (artificial)Hide

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Knippenberg, W. F. (1963) Growth Phenomena in Silicon Carbide. Philips Research Report: 18: 161–274.
Coppola, J.A. and Bradt, R.C. (1972) Measurement of fracture surface energy of SiC. Journal of the American Ceramic Society: 55: 455-460.
More, K.L., Carter, C.H., Bentley, J., Wadlin, W.H., Lavanier, L., and Davis, R.F. (1986) Occurrence and distribution of Boron-containing phases in sintered a-silicon
carbide. Journal of the American Ceramic Society: 69: 695–698.
Leung, I.S. (1990) Silicon carbide cluster entrapped in a diamond from Fuxian, China. American Mineralogist: 75: 1110–1119.
Backhaus-Ricoult, M., Mozdzierz, N., and Eveno, P. (1993) Impurities in silicon
carbide ceramics and their role during high temperature creep. Journal de Physique III France, 3, 2189–2210.
Munro, R.G. (1997) Material properties of a sintered a-SiC. Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data: 26: 1195–1203.

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