Titanium is particularly in demand for forgings that must endure high operating temperatures or maintain high corrosion resistance — like airframe components, landing gears, and other high-strength, lightweight designs. Titanium forgings also may be found in shipbuilding, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, chemical processing applications, and in medical devices and surgical implants.
Working with Ti
Forging titanium alloys is difficult because the workpiece must be shielded from oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and carbon during heating, typically by a preheating coating to protect the surface.
High-speed, push-down forging
The 63/80-MN high-speed push-down forging press in operation at Western Superconducting Technologies Co. Ltd., in Xian, Shaanxi Province, China.
Thanks to advanced hydraulic and control systems, the new press forges demanding, temperature-sensitive materials like titanium alloys, “in a technologically perfect way,” according to SMS.