UTRS Titanium

Research & Development

Advances in the cost-effective extraction of titanium from its ore, coupled with the material's superior strength-to-weight ratio, are making titanium the material of choice for a wide variety of applications. When fabrication, manufacturing and total life-cycle costs are considered on an equal volume/area basis, the real cost of titanium is dramatically less-even weighing the relative differential costs of the material. The actual and maintenance costs of end items with titanium parts make it an attractive alternative to traditional high-strength materials (such as high-nickel steels).

Considering its exceptional physical characteristics-durability, heat resistance, and chemical resistance to hostile environments-titanium is an excellent material for a variety of traditional (e.g., jet engine turbine blades) as well as nontraditional applications.

Surgical Joint Structure

The automotive industry is using more titanium parts as its research explores weight and space efficiencies to maximize vehicle capacity and extend the life of high heat/wear parts such as exhaust systems.

Titanium's biocompatibility and strength make it the material of choice for surgical joint repair and replacement.

In addition, its ballistic properties make titanium applicable as protective material in armored vehicle applications such as personnel carriers and tanks, and in personal items such as vests and helmets.

Aesthetically, titanium is appealing in personal items, including golf clubs, watches, clock parts, and jewelry.

Due to its heat-resistance, nonmagnetic properties, and overall machinability, titanium is a suitable substitute for aluminum in the computer hard drive disk industry.

Research into increased efficiencies in the use of modified critical jet engine high heat-high speed rotating parts is taking advantage of advances in high purity titanium from recently developed extraction techniques.

Industry's uses for titanium are continually expanding into new markets and new applications as developers and engineers discover the advantages of titanium over traditional equipment and process applications that use nickel and stainless steel alloys.