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Uses of Boron

Boron is a chemical element which has been used for thousands of years. This post will take you some of the common uses of boron.

Uses of Boron

  • Much boron is made into sodium tetraborate which is used to insulate fiberglass. It is also used in many cleaning products- detergents and bleaches.
  • Most boron is used to produce glass and ceramics. Borosilicate glass has a fantastic resistance to thermal shock (sudden changes in temperature which causes glass to break).
  • Boron filaments are used as light but high-strength materials for aerospace structures. They are also used to produce some golf clubs and fishing rods.
  • Boron carbide shields can be used as control rods in nuclear reactors. This stops a nuclear reactor getting out of control. Boron carbide is also used in bulletproof vests and in tank armor.
  • Metal borides are very strong and are often coated onto a substance to increase its hardness.
  • Boron is a part of a neodynium magnet, the strongest type of permanent magnet. These magnets are used in MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines, CD and DVD players, cell phones, timer switches and more.
  • Boric acid is sometimes used as an insecticide against ants, fleas and cockroaches.
  • Sodium borate can be used as a fire retardant in plastics and rubber.

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