Titanium is absolutely immune to environmental attack, regardless of pollutants. Where other architectural metals exhibit limited lifespan, titanium endures. It withstands urban pollution, marine environments, the sulfur compounds of industrial areas and is failure-proof in even more aggressive environments. Because it is the noblest metal, the coupling of titanium with dissimilar metals does not accelerate galvanic corrosion of the titanium.
These properties make titanium perfect for use in many applications.
tubing will last for the life of the condenser (with a 40-year warranty against failure under proper conditions) and eliminate the need for
a corrosion allowance.
Pursuing, developing and supporting new uses for titanium is a priority for the titanium industry. This includes help for companies that are developing new uses for titanium, by providing dependable metal supply, advanced metallurgical design and expertise, and in some cases capital support.
In the computer industry, titanium is a promising substrate for hard disk drives. Compared to aluminum, which is the primary material currently used, titanium provides significant advantages. The non-magnetic properties of titanium prevent interference with the data storage process; its ability to withstand heat allows higher temperatures during the coating process, which improves manufacturing rates; and the purity of titanium permits closer read/write head tolerances, increasing disk capacity.
In the automotive industry, uses are being developed for titanium in the automotive/motorcycle after markets and racing market. Engine parts such as connecting rods, wrist pins, valves, valve retainers and springs, rocker arms and camshafts, to name a few, lend themselves to fabrication from titanium because it is durable, strong, lightweight and resists heat and corrosion. While titanium initially may be more expensive for these applications, designs that exploit its unique characteristics yield parts that more than pay for themselves with better performance and a longer life.
An all-titanium exhaust system is also being developed to reduce weight and increase longevity. Use of titanium on production vehicles is also being evaluated for engine parts to improve efficiencies and suspension springs to increase interior space.
There are new opportunities in geothermal power generation, where highly caustic steam released from the earth is captured to generate electricity. The low lifecycle cost of titanium in these applications provides significant savings compared to competing materials.
Titanium is being widely used in metal matrix composites. As the cost of fabricating these exceptionally strong, lightweight components declines, their popularity and the utilization of titanium will grow.
Promoting unique, non-traditional uses for titanium Titanium’s unique combination of attributes – light weight, high strength, biocompatibility, and durability in extreme environments – make it an excellent material for a variety of non-traditional applications.
Titanium is completely inert to human body fluids, making it ideal for medical replacement structures such as hip and knee implants. Titanium actually allows bone growth to adhere to the implants, so they last longer than those made of other materials. Reconstructive titanium plates and mesh that support broken bones are also commonly used today.
High strength-to-weight ratio and superior ballistic properties make titanium well suited for armor applications. Used as protective armor on personnel carriers and tanks, it makes the vehicles much lighter, increasing the mobility of the force. Personal armor vests and helmets for police made from titanium are far lighter and more comfortable than those made from competing materials.
Titanium is also now found in a wide variety of consumer products such as jewelry, watch cases, eyeglasses, bicycles, and clocks. The golf industry has found that lightweight titanium club heads can be bigger than those made of steel, enlarging the “sweet spot” of the club and thus increasing distance and accuracy.
Nippon Titanium Metals Corporation
1-5-8 HommachiDS Bld.7F,
Azuchimachi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi,
Osaka, 541-0052 JAPAN
Tel: 81 (6) 6210-4293
Fax: 81 (6) 6210-4294