Titanium alloys include high strength to high corrosion resistance, strength to weight ratio, reliability, thermal expansion, These applications include aviation industry, propellant tanks for satellites and launch vehicles, inter-tank structures, gas bottle/liners, interface rings for satellites, armor plating and landing gear.
Commercial aircraft manufacturers are among the chief consumers of the Ti foam owing to its requirement for the manufacturing of fuel usage frames, floor beam, wing connections, nacelle engine mounts, fuselage components, thrust reversal units, seat rails, components for auxiliary power units, metal fasteners, and door frames.
Leading commercial aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing that contribute to over 80% of the global commercial aerospace sector are among the prominent consumers of TI foam.
B737 and B777 (Boeing model) required approximately 20 to 50 tons of Ti, whereas A320 (Airbus model) required 12 tons of TI for its manufacture. Upgraded models such as B787, A380, and A350 consume over 80 tons of Ti metal for its manufacture, which is more in terms of percentage by weight and volume than the prior conventional models.
Zunyi Titanium, Tangshan Tianhe, Shuangrui Wanji Titanium, Zaporozhye Titanium & Magnesium Combine, Solikamsk, VSMPO AVISMA, Ust-Kamenovgorsk Titanium & Magnesium Plant JSC (UKTMP), OSAKA Titanium, Toho Titanium, The Kerala Minerals & Metals Ltd. and Timet are among the chief contributors of the titanium sponge for aerospace & defense market.
The growing application of commercially pure titanium in several non-structural applications like water sanitary systems, ducts, and pipings due to its corrosion resistance and good formability and increasing technological developments to reduce the overall production cost of titanium alloys will propel the industry share in the years ahead.