|Molar mass||250.04 g/mol|
|Melting point||2,350 °C (4,260 °F; 2,620 K)|
|Crystal structure||cubic, cF8|
|Space group||Fm3m, No. 225|
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Uranium carbide, a carbide of uranium, is a hard refractory ceramic material. It comes in several stoichiometries (UCx), such as uranium methanide (UC, CAS number 12070-09-6), uranium sesquicarbide (U2C3, CAS number 12076-62-9), and uranium acetylide (UC2, CAS number 12071-33-9).
Like uranium dioxide and some other uranium compounds, uranium carbide can be used as a nuclear fuel for nuclear reactors, usually in the form of pellets or tablets. Uranium carbide fuel was used in late designs of nuclear thermal rockets.
Uranium carbide is also a popular target material for particle accelerators.
- Ma, Benjamin. Nuclear Reactor Materials and Applications. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, 1983, p. 167.
- Also called diuranium tricarbide, it was reported by A.E. Austin, Acta Crystallographica, 1959, 12, 159-161.
- Uranium dicarbide was reported by A.L. Bowman, G.P. Arnold, W.G. Witteman, T.C. Wallace and N.G. Nereson, Acta Crystallographica, 1966, 21, 670-671.
- Hutchings, G. J., et al., Uranium-oxide-based catalysts for the destruction of volatile Chloro-organic compounds, Nature, 1996, 384, 341-343.
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