Published Online: 15 APR 2008
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Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
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Liethschmidt, K. and Garbes, J. 2008. Silicon Carbide. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. .
- Published Online: 15 APR 2008
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|3.3.||The Acheson Process|
|3.4.||The ESK Process|
|3.5.||Processing of the Crude Product|
|3.6.||Other Production Methods|
|5.||Toxicology and Occupational Health|
Silicon carbide is a highly important industrial product, which has unique chemical and physical properties. It is characterized by a great hardness, excellent chemical resistance, and high thermal shock stability. Silicon carbide is used in metallurgy and electronics, in technical ceramics and refractory materials, and, due to its hardness, as an abrasive. The compound is produced industrially from silicon dioxide and carbon in mainly two production processes. Meanwhile, the majority of production has shifted from Europe and North America to China and South America. Silicon carbide is a nonhazardous material.