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Tungsten carbide is extensively used as a cutting tool for machining and in armor-piercing ammunition. It is also used in farriery, the shoeing of horses as well as to improve traction on slippery surfaces like roads or ice. It finds application in nuclear reactors as an effective neutron reflector. It is also used for making surgical instruments meant for open surgery such as scissors, forceps, hemostats, blade-handles and in laparoscopic surgery instruments such as graspers, cutter, needle holder and cautery. Further, it also used to make the rotating ball in the tips of ballpoint pens, bridal jewelry, and gauge blocks, which is useful for producing precision lengths in dimensional metrology.
Hassan, A.; Paganin, V. A.; Ticianelli, E. A. Pt modified tungsten carbide as anode electrocatalyst for hydrogen oxidation in proton exchange membrane fuel cell: CO tolerance and stability. Appl. Catal., B 2015, 165, 611-619.
Yan, Z.; Gu, Y.; Wei, W.; Jiang, Z.; Xie, J.; Shen, P. K. Tungsten Carbide Synthesized by Polystyrene Sphere Template Method Promoting Pd Electrocatalyst for Alcohol Oxidation in Alkaline Media. Fuel Cells 2015, 15 (2), 256-261.
Hazard Statements: H228
Precautionary Statements: P210-P280a-P240-P241-P370+P378a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. In case of fire: Use for extinction: CO2, powder or water spray.