About the Division
Universal Technical Resource Services' Titanium Extraction, Mining and Process Engineering Research (TEMPER) initiative provides opportunities for evaluating various alternatives to the Kroll method of producing low-cost titanium. Significant progress is being made in this study at the UTRS lab located in Butte, MT. Activities focus on selecting and testing alternative methods of titanium metal extraction that are less costly and operate with reduced pollutants relative to current technology. Non-traditional ore sources are also being evaluated in an effort to create a lower cost feed source for making titanium alloys that could be useful in numerous applications. Among other efforts, UTRS has designed and built a reactor at the UTRS lab to assess extraction technology based on electrolysis (both for qualitative testing and assessment for scalability).