What makes titanium the metal of choice?
Titanium has become a staple metal choice across various industries, including aerospace, military and medical – and not just here in the UK. But what makes it so special?
Top 5 qualities of titanium:
One of the most obvious benefits of titanium is its strength. It’s one of the strongest, most durable metals on the planet and rivals stainless steel, carbon steel and tungsten. Titanium often comes out on top for it has the highest strength to density ratio.
- Low density
45% lighter than steel, but just as strong, titanium lends itself to many different industrial applications, including the medical field for biomedical implants, such as pacemakers and hearing aids. Titanium rods are lighter to work with and easier to insert into the human body. They can last up to 20 years!
What really makes titanium the metal of choice for medical professionals is its biocompatibility. Titanium implants can physically bond with human bone – removing the need for adhesives. They also resist corrosion from bodily fluids and are ideal for osseointegration (the direct surgical connection of a metal implant into the human bone).
- Resistance to rust, corrosion and cavitation
Titanium is just one of the lucky few metals that will maintain its lustrous appeal for many years to come. It resists rust and corrosion, meaning that when it’s exposed to moisture, it will trigger oxidation (a chemical process) and form a protective layer of oxide which keeps air and water out.
Cavitation is where rapid changes of pressure cause shock waves that weaken or damage metals over time. Titanium’s resistance explains why it’s an essential metal for aerospace engineers.
- Product variety
It’s no surprise titanium is the metal of choice for industrial applications when it can be custom-cut and machined to suit your drawings and specifications. As leading titanium suppliers, we supply only the best products for our industrial clients, here at Ti-Tek, including:
- titanium bars
- titanium coils
- titanium exhausts
- titanium pipes
- titanium plates
- titanium rods
- titanium sheets
- titanium wire
…and offer a tailored solution for everyone.