Lightweight Metals Processing
Sustainable TI Technology; Near net Shape Low Cost TI
The purpose of this R&D is to develop a transformational approach to titanium aircraft component fabrication that utilizes emerging methods of titanium reduction technology which dramatically reduce energy consumption and material costs, and in turn enable the low-cost fabrication of titanium components. The team will examine two of the most promising innovative approaches to primary titanium production that are currently in the commercialization stage: the Armstrong Process, and the FFC Cambridge process.
ORNL's effort will focus on improving the handling and volumetric concerns associated with the new powders including attrition, ball milling, etc. while addressing components that the PM process will be applicable for the aircraft industry. A large portion of the effort will also look at the energy and cost savings associated with the process.