What makes diamond an excellent abrasive?

Asked by Topperlearning User | 31st May, 2016, 01:33: PM

Expert Answer:

  • Diamond has a solid three dimensional structure.
  • Each carbon atom is present at the same distance to each of its neighboring carbon atoms.
  • In this rigid network atoms cannot move. This makes diamond hard.
  • Eventually, diamond is the hardest known natural mineral. Due to its hardness, it is used  for rock drilling and for making abrasives for sharpening hard tools.

Answered by  | 31st May, 2016, 03:33: PM