Calcium carbide

Calcium carbide

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The pure material is colorless, however pieces of technical-grade calcium carbide are grey or brown and consist of about 8085% of CaC2(the rest is CaO (calcium oxide), Ca3P2(calcium phosphide), CaS (calcium sulfide), Ca3N2(calcium nitride), SiC (silicon carbide), etc.). In the presence of trace moisture, technical-grade calcium carbide emits an unpleasant odor reminiscent of garlic.[4]

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This reaction was an important part of theindustrial revolutionin chemistry, and was made possible in the USA as a result of massive amounts of inexpensivehydroelectric powerproduced atNiagara Fallsbefore the turn of the 20th century.[7]

as a fuel in steelmaking to extend the scrap ratio to liquid iron, depending on economics.

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Calcium carbide is used in toy cannons such as theBig-Bang Cannon, as well as inbamboo cannons. In the Netherlands calcium carbide is used around new-year to shoot withmilk churns.[20]

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in thedesulfurisationof iron (pig ironcast ironand steel)

Carbide lamps were also used extensively asheadlightsin early automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles, but have been replaced entirely by electric lamps.[16]

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Calcium carbide reacts with nitrogen at high temperature to formcalcium cyanamide:[5]

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At high temperatures, CaC2reacts with water vapor to give calcium carbonate, carbon dioxide and hydrogen.[citation needed]

The reaction of calcium carbide with water, producing acetylene andcalcium hydroxide,[5]was discovered byFriedrich Wöhlerin 1862.

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Calcium carbideis achemical compoundwith thechemical formulaof. Its main use industrially is in the production ofacetyleneandcalcium cyanamide.[3]

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as a powerfuldeoxidizeratladletreatment facilities.

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The high temperature required for this reaction is not practically achievable by traditional combustion, so the reaction is performed in an electric arc furnace withgraphiteelectrodes. The carbide product produced generally contains around 80% calcium carbide by weight. The carbide is crushed to produce small lumps that can range from a few mm up to 50mm. The impurities are concentrated in the finer fractions. The CaC2content of the product is assayed by measuring the amount of acetylene produced on hydrolysis. As an example, the British and German standards for the content of the coarser fractions are 295 L/kg and 300 L/kg respectively (at 101 kPa pressure and 20C temperature). Impurities present in the carbide include phosphide, which producesphosphinewhen hydrolysed.[6]

Carbide lamps are still used for mining in some less wealthy countries, for example in thesilvermines nearPotosBolivia. Carbide lamps are also still used by somecaversexploring caves and other underground areas,[15]although they are increasingly being replaced in this use byLEDlights.

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Calcium carbide is produced industrially in anelectric arc furnacefrom a mixture oflimeandcokeat approximately 2200C.[5]This method has not changed since its invention in 1892:

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Calcium carbide, together withcalcium phosphide, is used in floating, self-igniting navalsignal flares, such as those produced by theHolmes Marine Life Protection Association.

In China, acetylene derived from calcium carbide remains a raw material for thechemical industry, in particular for the production ofpolyvinyl chloride. Locally produced acetylene is more economical than using imported oil.[12]Production of calcium carbide in China has been increasing. In 2005 output was 8.94 million tons, with the capacity to produce 17 million tons.[13]

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Pure calcium carbide is a colourless solid. The common crystalline form at room temperature is a distortedrock-salt structurewith the C22−units lying parallel.[11]

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The method for the production in anelectric arc furnacewas discovered in 1892 byT. L Willsonand independently byH. Moissanin the same year.[8][9][10]


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Today acetylene is mainly manufactured by the partial combustion of methane or appears as a side product in the ethylene stream from cracking of hydrocarbons. Approximately 400,000 tonnes are produced this way annually (seeAcetylene Preparation).

2,300C (4,170F; 2,570K)

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Commonly known asnitrolim, calcium cyanamide is used as fertilizer. It is hydrolysed tocyanamide, H2NCN.[5]

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Applications of calcium carbide include manufacture ofacetylenegas, and for generation of acetylene incarbide lamps; manufacture of chemicals for fertilizer; and in steelmaking.

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In the USA, Europe, and Japan, consumption of calcium carbide is generally declining.[14]Production levels in the USA in 1990s were 236,000 tons per year.[11]

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This reaction was the basis of the industrial manufacture ofacetylene, and is the major industrial use of calcium carbide.

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2,160C (3,920F; 2,430K)

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Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in theirstandard state(at 25C [77F], 100kPa).

In the artificialripeningof fruit, calcium carbide is sometimes used as source of acetylene gas, which is aripening agentsimilar toethylene.[17]However, this is illegal in some countries because consumption of fruits artificially ripened using calcium carbide can cause serious health problems in those who eat them.[18][19]

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Calcium carbide is used incarbide lamps. Water dripping on carbide produces acetylene gas, which burns and produces light. While these lamps gave steadier and brighter light than candles, they were dangerous incoalmines, where flammablemethanegas made them a serious hazard. The presence of flammable gases in coal mines led to minersafety lampssuch as theDavy lamp, in which a wire gauze reduces the risk of methane ignition. Carbide lamps were still used extensively inslatecopper, andtinmines where methane is not a serious hazard. Most miners lamps have now been replaced by electriclamps.

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305C (581F; 578K) (acetylene)

Consuming Fruits Ripened Artificially by Calcium Carbide may pose Health Problems

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