Titanium: What You Should Know and Why You Should Care
Titanium is a special metal that often flies under the radar.
Stronger than aluminum and lighter than steel, titanium has unique properties that have enabled its uses in a range of different industries like defense and medicine.
This infographic from our sponsor IperionX highlights what you need to know about titanium, from its unique properties to the metal’s uses in the modern economy. This is part one of three infographics in the Titanium 101 Series.
The Properties of Titanium
What makes titanium so special? Here are some of the properties that make titanium naturally superior to more common substitutes like stainless steel and aluminum:
- High strength-to-weight ratio:
Titanium is two times stronger than aluminum and 45% lighter than steel with comparable strength.
- Resistance to corrosion:
Titanium’s natural resistance to corrosion allows for applications in harsh environments, including under seawater.
Titanium is the 9th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, found in nearly all rocks and sediments.
Titanium’s inertness inside the human body makes it biocompatible and suitable for medical and dental implants in humans.
- Temperature resistance:
Titanium has a melting point of 1,670 °C and can withstand temperatures higher and lower than stainless steel and aluminum.
Several industries harness titanium’s unique properties in different ways. (Read more...)