What Is Silicon Carbide Density?

Silicon carbide (SiC) is an exceptionally hard and toxicologically safe material used in demanding applications like abrasives, refractories and ceramics.

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SiC is produced as a powder by sintering, while it occurs naturally as the rare mineral moissanite.

Young’s Modulus

Young’s modulus measures the stiffness of materials. It indicates how much deformation occurs under pressure before returning back to its original state.

Silicon carbide offers high Young’s modulus and greater elasticity than standard silicon, making it the ideal material for applications requiring stiffness. Furthermore, its excellent thermal conductivity and minimal thermal expansion properties make it suitable for harsh environments like chemical plants or mills.

Young’s modulus can be measured using various tests, including static tensile or ultrasonic methods, with results depending on sample composition and method used. Nanoindentation provides the most precise results when used on nonporous NC samples; therefore it is essential that surfaces of samples be prepared appropriately in order to ensure accurate readings.


Silicon carbide (SiC) is an ultrahard ceramic known for its exceptional hardness and thermal conductivity, capable of withstanding temperatures up to 1400 deg C and with an exceptionally low coefficient of thermal expansion – perfect for demanding environments such as those found within automotive factories. Furthermore, SiC’s chemical inertness, corrosion resistance and mechanical strength make it highly durable while offering exceptional fatigue resistance properties.

Thermal conductivity measures the rate at which energy moves through a material per unit time and is usually expressed as a scalar number, though second-rank tensor representations exist as well. Thermal conductivity plays an integral part in measuring heat flow across temperature gradients for various applications and must therefore be carefully considered when making decisions regarding materials for different environments.

SiC is widely known for its superior thermal conductivity, making it an excellent material choice for mirrors in astronomical telescopes. Furthermore, due to its density, low thermal expansion coefficient and rigidity it makes an excellent material choice for applications involving high temperatures such as chemical production/energy technology/paper manufacturing/hydraulic systems requiring high temperatures – not forgetting its excellent resistance against thermal shock!


Hardness is a measure of a material’s resistance to changes in shape, including resistance to friction and fracture toughness. Materials with high hardness tend to be stronger but more brittle; when exposed to stress they often shatter rather than bend under strain. Hardness testing for materials includes Mohs scaling for minerals, Brinell testing for metals, compression/rebound tests for plastics/construction materials as well as compression/rebound tests performed on construction materials such as plastics.

Silicon carbide (SiC) is one of the hardest materials known, second only to diamond (Brennell hardness of 2400 and 8100 respectively). Studies have demonstrated that coating SiC with epitaxial graphene increases its hardness due to pressure inducing a graphene-diamene phase transition which leads to greater hardness when tested using a Berkovich indenter. Hardness was increased by 30-300% when tested versus uncoated SiC samples when subjected to testing!

Expansion Coefficient

Material expansion with temperature depends on its atomic structure and molecular bonds; some materials exhibit vast variations in linear expansion coefficient with temperature, while others have constant values.

Heat makes molecules vibrate more, increasing their distance apart and thus leading to an expansion in dimensions known as thermal expansion.

Silicon carbide’s relatively low thermal expansion coefficient makes it a fantastic material for telescope mirrors, while its hardness and rigidity also make it suitable for spacecraft subsystems. While silicon carbide doesn’t naturally occur as such, moissanite jewels found in meteorites or corundum deposits contain it; synthetic versions are usually preferred by electronics users due to their lower expansion rate at hot temperatures as well as very low density that reduces mirror weights.