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Titanium in Aerospace

The cutting edge design and technology demanded by the aerospace industry makes titanium – like that supplied here at Ti Tek – the metal of choice. But what makes it so special?

Its superb resistance to corrosion, high strength to low density ratio and fatigue strength explain why it’s used for widespread applications in this industry. It also provides superior strength without adding weight and can withstand moderate-high temperatures with no creeping.

Titanium for Aerospace

It can be exposed to high temperatures and as a non-magnetic metal, it doesn’t conduct heat or electricity. In its purest form, titanium is as strong as steel but 45% lighter. When alloyed with other elements, like aluminium, molybdenum and vanadium, it provides great strength and resistance.

What is titanium used for?

Did you know that two thirds of all titanium produced is used in aircraft engines?

As the aerospace industry emerged in the 1950s, the metal industry established titanium. It was used to manufacture aircraft structural components, including the frame, skin and engine.

Today the aerospace industry uses titanium for many additional  applications, including:

  • Jet engines
  • Rotors
  • Compressor blades
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Missiles
  • Nacelles
  • Rockets
  • Ships
  • Spacecraft

Titanium is also found on internal parts of wings, landing gear and propellers – as well as housing, blades, pumps and screens within the aircraft engine.

Why is titanium used?

Manufacturing processes in the aerospace industry are meticulous and complicated. Titanium is a ductile metal which can be formed into almost any shape and can be adapted to meet these demands.

Using titanium bars, rods, plates and wire allows you to control important properties like chemical composition, strength and hardness – making sure stringent industry standards are met.

Ti-6Al-4V

Grade 5 titanium, or Ti-6Al-4V, is the ‘workhorse’. Stronger than commercially pure titanium, the titanium alloy retains its thermal properties and stiffness.

The alpha-beta alloy is composed of 6% aluminium and 4% vanadium (with iron and oxygen composing less than 0.3% each).

Here at Ti-Tek, we supply Ti-6Al-4V in:

We deliver all materials according to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.

To find out more about the different dimensions of titanium bars, plates, sheets and wire we stock, contact us. All our materials are sourced from approved mills to ensure you benefit from top-quality supplies.

Need to know more about titanium and its uses in the aerospace industry? Call us on 0121 382 4121 today.

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