Gas-Phase Production of Titanium Nitride and Carbide Powders
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The Bureau of Mines investigated a procedure to produce fine-sized titanium nitride, carbide, and carbonitride powders. These powders, because of their high hardness and abrasion resistance, can be substituted for tungsten carbide in some cutting tool applications. Titanium nitride and carbide powders can be cemented together with nickel. The investigated approach produces titanium nitride by reducing titanium tetrachloride with magnesium or sodium vapor in a nitrogen atmosphere at temperatures between 750 and 1,050°C (1,382 and 1,922°F). Titanium carbide and titanium carbonitride can be formed by adding methane to the nitrogen atmosphere. Titanium tetrachloride reduction efficiencies as high as 98% are achieved. X-ray diffraction analyses showed that the powders contain no major impurities. Because the reactions occur in the gas phase, powders finer than 1 μm are produced.
KeywordsTitanium Titanium Carbide Titanium Nitride Titanium Powder Carbide Powder
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