|Molar mass||59.89 g/mol|
|Melting point||3,160 °C (5,720 °F; 3,430 K)|
|Boiling point||4,820 °C (8,710 °F; 5,090 K)|
|Solubility in water||insoluble in water|
|Crystal structure||Cubic, cF8|
|Space group||Fm3m, No. 225|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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Titanium carbide is commercially used in tool bits. It has the appearance of black powder with NaCl-type face centered cubic crystal structure. It is mainly used in preparation of cermets, which are frequently used to machine steel materials at high cutting speed; however, it is also used as a surface coating on some watches made by companies such as Citizen and Tag Heuer.
The resistance to wear, corrosion, and oxidation of a tungsten carbide-cobalt material can be increased by adding 6-30% of titanium carbide to tungsten carbide. This forms a solid solution that is more brittle and susceptible to breakage than the original material.
Tool bits without tungsten content can be made of titanium carbide in nickel-cobalt matrix cermet, enhancing the cutting speed, precision, and smoothness of the workpiece. This material is sometimes called high-tech ceramic and is used as a heat shield for atmospheric reentry of spacecraft.
The mineralogical form is very rare and called khamrabaevite - (Ti,V,Fe)C.
A surprisingly stable cluster with formula Ti
12, was detected in 1992. The 20 atoms were conjectured to be arranged as the vertices of a dodecahedron, with the titanium atoms at the corners of a cube  However, this claim was soon disputed by Linus Pauling who proposed an alternative arrangement—with the Ti atoms still at the corners of a cube, but with the carbon atoms pushed inwards so as to be nearly coplanar with the faces of that cube.
Titanium carbide has an elastic modulus of approximately 400GPa and a shear modulus of 188GPa.
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