Friday, October 19, 2012

Titanium: Ever Evolving Advancements in Materials Use (GIZMAG)

Titanium block (Image: Alchemist-hp via Wikimedia Commons)

Fraunhofer develops new technology to make titanium cost effective

Titanium is a tremendously useful metal and very abundant, yet only 186,000 tonnes (205,030 tons) of it are produced a year and it’s not used very much outside of the aerospace field because it’s so expensive and difficult to forge. To correct this, a team led by André Albert at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering in partnership with Thin Films (IST) in Braunschweig, Germany have developed a new process for hydroforming titanium at high temperatures in a single step that promises to make titanium more of an everyday material.

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