Archive: Mar 2017
Extremely high-strength and lightweight, titanium is used across a wide range of industries. Its high tensile strength, low heat transfer, and ballistic properties make it particularly well suited for manufacturing applications.
Versatile and easily customizable, titanium sheets can be cut and stamped as needed to produce unique components and can also be bent and formed through heat treating.
Titanium Sheet Applications
In most applications, titanium sheet can be waterjet cut or stamped to specific sizes, allowing for high-volume production of finished components. Because this material is reactive to heat, it must be cold cut to prevent chemical property changes. Various industries make use of titanium sheet, including:
- Aerospace — Jet engines, protective assemblies, airframes, and firewalls
- Power generation — Protective assemblies and firewalls
- Automotive — Cut or stamped engine parts such as wrist pins and springs
- Petroleum — Deep-sea production risers, topside water management equipment
To ensure quality and reliability, it’s critical to have a solid understanding of the many titanium grades and alloys available. Five of the most common types include:
- Titanium Grade 1 — As the softest, most ductile commercially pure titanium grade, this is particularly easy to work with thanks to its excellent formability. Its high corrosion resistance makes it especially well-suited to marine and chemical processing applications. Grade 1 titanium is also able to withstand high-impact environments.
- Titanium Grade 2— The most widely available and versatile pure grade, this type of titanium is slightly stronger than Grade 1 and is often used in medical and architectural applications, as it can be easily formed and welded.
- Titanium Grade 3 — While less formable than Grades 1 and 2, commercially pure Grade 3 has higher strength and Grade 3 is used less frequently than Grades 1 and 2 but is ideal for applications requiring moderate strength and high corrosion resistance, such as medical and aerospace projects.
- Titanium Grade 4 — The strongest of the commercially pure, unalloyed grades, this material is also highly formable and weldable, as well as corrosion resistant. It’s commonly used in industries that require high strength, such as aerospace and medical.
- Titanium Grade 5 — Also referred to as Ti6Al4V, Ti-6Al-4V, & or & Ti 6-4, this is the most popular titanium alloy, accounting for half of all titanium use worldwide. Aside from titanium, Grade 5 composed of aluminum, vanadium, iron, and oxygen. High-strength but lightweight, this alloy has good formability, superior toughness, and high corrosion and creep resistance. Extremely versatile, Grade 5 is used for a wide range of applications, from aerospace fasteners to sports equipment.
- Titanium Grade 9—This grade, also referred to as Titanium 3Al-2.5V, is exceptionally resistant to corrosion. While not as strong as Grade 5, this material is still useful in aerospace and industrial applications given its light weight and greater resistance to high temperatures. Continental Steel offer Titanium Grade 9 sheets and plate to match ASME SB-265 standards.
For more than three decades, Continental Steel has been a leading supplier of titanium sheet, as well as titanium plate, tube, pipe, bar, and various fittings. As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, we’re committed to quality in everything we do. With quick responses, competitive pricing, reliable deliveries, and an exhaustive inventory, we ensure that clients get the best possible products available, for the best possible price.
With our trusted partners spanning the globe, we can supply even the hardest-to-find materials to a wide range of industries, including aerospace, marine, oil and gas, construction, military, medical, racing and automotive, and industrial.
To learn more about our selection of titanium products, or to discuss how we can assist with your next project, contact the team today.