Meltless Ti – A New Light Metals Industry
Recent advances in synthesis of titanium (Ti) alloy powders by direct reduction methods (meltless Ti) have led to new opportunities to produce Ti alloys with enhanced capabilities. The meltless Ti alloy powders can be consolidated into mill products, or used to manufacture near-net shape (NNS) components. A vision is outlined for creation of a new supply chain producing meltless Ti alloy powders, leading to the production and application of innovative turbine engine components. This paper highlights the benefits of meltless Ti alloys, details current assessment of meltless Ti alloy technology, and outlines some of the challenges to fully establish the new supply chain.
M.S. Dargusch & S.M. Keay
A. Woodfield et al., "Meltless Ti – A New Light Metals Industry", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 618-619, pp. 135-138, 2009