Like uranium dioxide and some other uranium compounds, uranium carbide can be used as a nuclear fuel for nuclear reactors, usually in the form of pellets or tablets. Uranium carbide fuel was used in late designs of nuclear thermal rockets.
Uranium carbide is also a popular target material for particle accelerators.
Ammonia synthesis from nitrogen and hydrogen is sometimes accomplished in the presence of uranium carbide acting as a catalyst. (Hutchings, G. J., et al., AUranium-Oxide-Based Catalysts for the Destruction of Volatile Chloro-Organic compounds,@ Nature, 384, pp. 341B343, 1996.)
Uranium dicarbide was reported by A.L. Bowman, G.P. Arnold, W.G. Witteman, T.C. Wallace and N.G. Nereson, Acta Crystallographica, 1966, 21, 670-671.
Diuranium tricarbide was reported by A.E. Austin, Acta Crystallographica, 1959, 12, 159-161.
Research Conducted at Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research Has Updated Our Knowledge about Radiochemistry.
May 17, 2011; According to a study from Kalpakkam, India, "The destruction of soluble carbonaceous compounds formed during the dissolution of...