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Abstract

Silicon carbide (SiC) is not uncommonly referred to as ‘carborundum’. This vernacular term commemorates a word coined by Edward G. Acheson in 1892 to describe crystals that he made in an experiment which had the real goal of making a diamond-like crystal from carbon and alundum (Acheson, 1893). Using a primitive electric furnace of his own design, he in fact made Sic. Acheson immediately designed a more efficient electric furnace and soon a profitable business with the jewelry trade was established. A century later, the furnaces used to make almost all Sic world-wide follow his original design concept.

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Silicon Carbide Rice Hull Petroleum Coke Power Intensity Furnace Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip J. Guichelaar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical EngineeringWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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