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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