Lightweight Metals Processing
Near Net Shape Manufacturing of New, Low Cost Titanium Powders for Industry
Titanium offers superior strength, corrosion, and high temperature properties for industrial applications across broad range of markets, but is currently too expensive for widespread use. Titanium is now produced primarily by the Kroll process, which is expensive, energy intensive, and yields very high rates of scrap production. The recent development of low cost titanium powders offers a new lower cost route to titanium metal production that can be employed in a continuous process with the ability to fabricate prealloyed powders at competitive cost.
The goal of this project is the consolidation of new Armstrong titanium and titanium alloy powders into low cost net shape components for energy systems such as aerospace components and heat exchangers. The project team will explore consolidation via press and sinter, pneumatic isostatic forging (PIF), hot isostatic pressing (HIP), and adiabatic compaction.
Ohio State University, LMC, Inc., Ametek, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Aqua Chem