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Titanium and Titanium Alloys

  • Stefano Gialanella
  • Alessio Malandruccolo
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Part of the Topics in Mining, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering book series (TMMME)

Abstract

Titanium and titanium alloys are fundamental constituents of several parts of aircrafts, owing to their unique combination of properties: high specific strength, low coefficient of thermal expansion, moderate density, long fatigue life, creep strength, fracture toughness, and excellent corrosion resistance induced by the spontaneous formation of a TiO2 surface passivating layer. An indirect proof of the great interest for titanium alloys as fundamental aerospace materials can be inferred from their wide range of applications, from structural components to engine parts. This interest is bound to continue in the future, sustained by the ongoing research focused on the development of new alloys, like Ti-aluminides, exhibiting improved properties, compliant with the design requirements emerging even from novel priorities, like fuel saving and reduction in air pollution. This chapter is entirely dedicated to titanium and its alloys, with particular focus on metallurgical issues and production processes. Furthermore, like for the other light alloys seen in Chap.  3, the main applications in the aerospace field are presented.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Gialanella
    • 1
  • Alessio Malandruccolo
    • 2
  1. 1.Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Metallurgy Industrial ConsultantBolzanoItaly

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