UTRS Titanium

Industrial Applications

Highly efficient gas turbine engines are possible only through the use of titanium-based alloys in components like fan blades, compressor blades, discs, hubs and numerous non-rotor parts. The key advantages of titanium-based alloys in this application include high strength/weight ratio, strength at moderate temperatures and good resistance to creep and fatigue. The development of titanium aluminides will allow the use of titanium in hotter sections of a new generation of engines.

A major industrial application for titanium remains in heat transfer applications in which the cooling medium is seawater, brackish water or polluted water. Titanium condensers, shell and tube heat exchangers, and plate and frame heat exchangers are used extensively in power plants, refineries, air conditioning systems, chemical plants, offshore platforms, surface ships and submarines.

The life span and dependability of titanium are demonstrated by the fact that of the millions of feet of welded titanium tubing in power plant condenser service, there have been no reported failures due to corrosion on the cooling water side.

Titanium is a standard material for medical devices such as hip joints, bone screws, knee joints, bone plates, dental implants, surgical devices, pacemaker cases and centrifuges due to its total resistance to attack by body fluids, high strength and low modulus.

The body readily accepts titanium since it is more biocompatible than stainless steel or cobalt chrome. Titanium also has a higher fatigue strength than many other metals. The unique qualities of titanium prove to be MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computed Tomography) compatible.