Beryllium Carbide
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Title: Beryllium Carbide
CAS Registry Number: 506-66-1
Molecular Formula: CBe2
Molecular Weight: 30.04
Percent Composition: C 39.98%, Be 60.00%
Line Formula: Be2C
Literature References: Prepn: Coobs, Koshuba, J. Electrochem. Soc. 99, 115 (1952); Mallett et al., ibid. 101, 298 (1954); Ehrlich in Handbook of Preparative Inorganic Chemistry vol. 1, G. Brauer, Ed. (Academic Press, New York, 2nd ed., 1963) p 899.
Properties: Brick-red or yellow-red octahedra, d 1.90, dec above 2100°. Very slowly dec by water, somewhat faster by mineral acids and quickly by alkalies with the evolution of methane.
Density: d 1.90
Use: Nuclear reactor core material: Schwartz, US 3170812 (1965 to USAEC).

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