Titanium metal is not found on Earth as free element, but it is the ninth most common element to be found on the earth crust (0,6% of the mass). It is found in many igneous rocks. In 1946, for the first time, Mr. W. Kroll discovered that the titanium metal could be used not only in laboratories by reducing the titanium tetrachloride with magnesium (this method is still valid). In the 50’s, its use in industrial applications started, inspite of the very high costs and, thanks to its unique features, its use has grown constantly. Titanium is a strong and light material at the same time, its main characteristcs are:
- High resistance
- Low density (4510 kg/m3, around 60% less when compared to steel)
- Outstanding corrosion resistance
- High level of bio-compatibility
These features make it the ideal material for applications in the chemical and petrochemical sector, in coastal environment and in bio-medical applications. Titanium is the best solution against corrosion and allows long life to any equipment and installation reducing hereby maintenance costs.
In Zipfluid, we use titanium, as alternative to PTFE coated steel, mainly in applications with hightly corrosive products, such as sodium hypochlorite and sulphuric acid.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by the Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry and inaugurated in 1997, is covered by 33,000 titanium plates.