What is Calcium carbide?

Calcium carbide, also known as Calcium Acetylide is an Industrial Chemical, used for the production of acetylene and calcium cyanamide.

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Calcium carbide


What is Calcium carbide used for?

Following are the application of Calcium carbide:

  • Calcium carbide is primarily used to generate acetylene gas, a reducing agent used in carbide lamps and fruit maturation.
  • It is also equally important in the manufacturing of chemical fertilizers.
  • It is utilized in steelmaking to extend the scrap ratio to liquid iron.
  • It is employed as a potent deoxidizer in ladle treatment facilities.
  • It is equally effective in finding out the moisture content of the soil.
  • It is used to remove sulfur from iron (pig iron, cast iron, and steel).
  • It is effectively utilized in floating and self-igniting naval signal flares, along with calcium phosphide.
  • It is also employed as a mole repellant.


What is the Chemical Formula of Calcium carbide?

Calcium carbide has the molecular formula CaC2.


Is Calcium carbide harmful to life?

Contact of skin with calcium carbide can be irritating and burning. Exposure to the eyes is even more hazardous because it can cause severe burns and perhaps permanent damage. Likewise, inhaling a tiny amount of this chemical might irritate the lungs, whereas increased exposure can result in a build-up of fluid in the lungs, causing pulmonary edema, a medical emergency. Above all, calcium carbide is carcinogenic to humans and should be avoided to the greatest extent possible.


Where is Calcium carbide found? What does Calcium carbide look like?

In industries, calcium carbide can be produced by combining lime and coke in an electric arc furnace at a high temperature of around 2200°C. It is also a byproduct of calcium-silicon alloy smelting.

Calcium carbide has a garlic-like odor and looks like a grayish-black hard lump or crystalline powder. In its pure condition, however, it is frequently colorless.

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Calcium carbide


What are the Hazardous effects of Calcium carbide?

Calcium carbide is non-combustible itself, but it poses a fire and explosion threat. When exposed to water or moisture, it forms a flammable acetylene gas along with other poisonous gases.  Even when the air is moist, a container of calcium carbide can burst in fire, emitting hazardous fumes.


What are precautionary measures necessary to be taken to handle Calcium carbide? 

To avoid any undesired situation, calcium carbide should only be stored and handled by a skilled professional. Adequate industrial hygiene procedures and the use of protective equipment are essential at all times. Furthermore, personal protective equipment should be composed of materials that won’t be decayed or infiltrated by this chemical.


What will happen if Calcium carbide is heated?

The reaction of Calcium carbide is usually exothermic which causes the release of a tremendous amount of heat even when reacted with water. However, when heated at high temperatures, calcium carbide reacts with nitrogen to produce cyanamide, which is used as a fertilizer.


Is Calcium carbide soluble compound?  

Calcium carbide decomposes in water to form acetylene gas and calcium hydroxide.


Where can I buy Calcium carbide?

Here at Camachem, Calcium carbide is for sale. If you need a large quantity of these chemicals, they can be shipped in iron drums of various capacities. Camachem has been directly exporting Calcium carbide to consumers all over the world.

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Calcium carbide Packaging


How much does Calcium carbide cost?

The price is usually affected by the cost of raw materials, logistics, and other industrial inputs. The cost per tonne is approximately $150.00.

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Calcium carbide cost


What is the PH of Calcium carbide?

Calcium carbide is extremely basic, having ph. of roughly 12.4, and is, therefore, used for acid neutralization.


Is Calcium carbide an Electrolyte compound?

Although calcium carbide is not an electrolytic compound, it is utilized as an anode in some applications.


Can Calcium carbide go down the drain?

Since it is strongly encouraged not to let calcium carbide enter the environment, it should be reused as much as possible. In the event of a spill or disposal, it should be sealed and disposed of according to federal, state, and municipal rules.


What is the difference between Calcium carbide and Calcium carbonate?

These two compounds have vastly different appearances, availability, and manufacturing processes. Calcium carbide is a dark crystal powder that reacts aggressively with water, whereas calcium carbonate is a white substance that is insoluble in water. Similarly, how these two compounds are used differ.