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How toxic is Tungsten Carbide?

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If for example you had a car that had a Tungsten Carbide instead of Steel and then you drive it, would you get health risks?
Update: I meant, if the there are solid Tungsten Carbide plates sandwiched inside your car doors, to make your car bulletproof, would it have any health risks to you?

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    0861788249 2017-01-06 09:05:30

    Other than diamond I can't think of a less toxic substance than tungsten carbide (WC, an interstitial cmpd)! It can be considered as a close packed arrangement of W atoms with the C atoms in all the octahedral interstices (holes) in the lattice ("would that be a covalent, polar covalent, or an ionic W-C bond sir?" ;)) W is already the highest melting metal (as in filament lamps) but the C atoms strengthen the lattice further. It is second only to diamond in terms of hardness, it is high melting, and chemically inert. It finds extensive use in drilling tools and, interestingly, in armor piercing bullets. I have not heard of it being used as bullet proofing material. It is probably very difficult to fabricate and it is probably quite dense. Cheers, drp

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