Iron borides have properties of ceramics such as high hardness, and properties of metal properties, such as thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. Boride coatings on iron are superior mechanical, frictional, and anti-corrosive.
Iron monoboride (FeB) is a gray powder that is insoluble in water. FeB is harder than Fe2B but is more brittle and more easily fractured upon impact. Iron monoboride is only made in single layer.
Iron boride (Fe2B) is a submicron and nanopowder that is also insoluble in water. They have been found to be superconductive and ultra-incompressible. It can be made in both single or double layer.
Applications of Iron Boride FeB powder
Boriding is often used to improve abrasion resistance, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and oxidation resistance. It is used in oil and gas refinery, chemical extraction, automotive, agricultural, stamping, textile extrusion and injection molding industries.
Iron based coatings recently gained attention for their mechanical, frictional, and corrosion resistant properties. As compared to the ceramic or cermet type of materials people have used before, iron based materials are relatively inexpensive, less strategic, and can be produced economically by various thermal methods with ease of fabrication and machining.