Poster 46: David Whittaker – Phase Change of Niobium Carbide through High-Temperature Annealing

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Faculty mentor: Dinesh Shetty

Niobium carbide (NbC) has the potential to overtake tungsten carbide as an ultra wear-resistant material, which is used industrially in earth-drilling (bits) and in manufacturing (tools and dies). While possessing comparable hardness and fracture toughness, NbC is less dense, non-toxic, and could offer up to twice the wear-time while in use. This research explores one NbC compound through high-temperature annealing at different lengths of time in order to find optimal mechanical properties.

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