Russia's insistence on paying for Russian gas in rubles has rattled European countries: Greece held an emergency meeting of suppliers, the Dutch government would urge consumers to use less gas, and the French energy regulator told consumers not to panic. Russian gas meets one-third of Europe's annual energy needs.
Russia said they could expand their demand for ruble payments for other commodities, including oil, grain, fertilizer, coal, and metals, which raised the risk of recession in Europe and the US.
Moscow is expected to unveil its ruble payment plan in early April, but it said it would not immediately ask buyers to pay for gas in rubles.
Western countries have said paying in rubles would be a breach of contract, and renegotiation could take months or longer. This uncertainty has pushed commodity market prices higher.
The supply and prices of other commodities like the aluminum boride could also be affected.
Introduction to Aluminum Diboride AlB2 Powder
Aluminum diboride or Aluminum boride, AlB2 is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula AlB2. It is a binary compound formed by aluminum and boron elements. It is a grey-red solid and insoluble in water at room temperature and pressure. When heated, it loses surface gloss, stabilizes in cold dilute acid, and decomposes in hot hydrochloric and nitric acid.
Aluminum diboride is made by mixing fine powder of aluminum and boron and reacting it with heat. It is one of two compounds of aluminum and boron, the other being AlB12, and they are commonly known as aluminum boride.
Aluminum boride is considered hazardous because it reacts with acid and hydrogen to produce toxic gases. For example, it reacts with hydrochloric acid with borane and aluminum chloride released.
Structures of Aluminum Diboride AlB2
The structure of aluminum boride is similar to that of metal interdides in that its structure depends mainly on the crystal structure of aluminum and boron rather than on their valence relationship. The borides of aluminum are AlB2, AlB4, and AlB12. The diboride AlB2 can be formed by the reaction of two elemental substances above 600℃. It is a layered structure in which Al atoms directly overlap (A, A) and B atoms fill the triangular column formed by the direct overlap of Al atoms, that is, the boron layer is located between the two aluminum layers. The boron layer has a similar structure to graphite. The boron atoms are connected in a hexagonal network. Each B atom is 0.173nm away from the other three B atoms, and six Al atoms are connected to B, which occupy the apex of the triangular column. AlB2 can be dissolved in dilute hydrochloric acid to produce a reductive solution that may contain HB(OH)+3. AlB2 is insoluble in dilute sulfuric acid but soluble in nitric acid. AlB12 was decomposed by AlB2 at 920℃.
|Aluminum Diboride AlB2 Properties|
|Other Names||aluminum boride, aluminum diboride, AIB2|
|Solubility in H2O||insoluble|
Physicochemical Properties and Applications of Aluminum Diboride AlB2 Powder
AlB2 single crystal exhibits metallic conductivity along an axis parallel to the hexagonal base plane. Boron - aluminum composite aluminum or aluminum alloy reinforced with boron fiber or protective coating boron fiber. The volume content of boron fiber is generally about 45%~55%. It has low specific gravity and high mechanical properties. The longitudinal tensile strength and elastic modulus of the unidirectionally reinforced boron-aluminum composite are about 1.2~1.7GPa and 200~240GPa depending on the process and material. The longitudinal specific elastic modulus and specific strengths are about 3~5 times and 3~4 times of titanium alloy duralumin and alloy steel respectively. It has good fatigue performance and high strength under 400℃.
It has been applied to fan blades of turbojet engines and structural parts of aviation, aerospace, and artificial satellites. The hot pressing diffusion bonding method is used to manufacture plate, profile, and more complex shape parts. Continuous casting can also be used to manufacture various profiles.
Aluminum boride can be used in ceramics, medical equipment, nuclear energy, refractory ceramics, and other fields.
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