Ductile titanium is a light, strong and extremely corrosion-resisting metal, the great potentialities of which have as yet barely been tapped. The metal has long been known but it is extremely difficult to obtain in the pure state; it is never found free in nature and it contaminates very easily. These peculiar characteristics led most experts to regard titanium compounds as interesting for study, but offering little hope of the isolation of the metal in a pure form. In the 1880’s, two Swedish chemists, Nilson and Petterson, obtained a metal which was 94 per cent pure by the use of high pressures but the method was not successful commercially. In the first decade of tie present century, M. A. Hunter, experimenting in the General Electric research laboratory, achieved better results with an adaptation of the Nilson and Petterson process while trying to develop improved materials for filaments.
KeywordsTitanium Tetrachloride Methyl Chloride Ethyl Iodide Franklin Institute Commercial Titanium
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