Finished titanium parts can be manufactured for $25 per pound compared to $213 per pound, using a technique based on titanium hydride (TiH2) powder. The technology was developed under a Department of Energy Global Initiative for Proliferation Prevention (DOE/GIPP) project performed in the Ukraine.
By reducing the cost of titanium and the associated processing the performance benefit can be applied to more engine platforms thereby impacting US fuel consumption
Cummins Inc. has identified a relevant application using the Ti6Al4V alloy and provided the requirements to adequately assess the performance of the press/sinter/forged bars produced from TiH2
We’ve previously mentioned the new technologies lowering the costs of high end materials like titanium and carbon fiber, it looks like progress is continuing. The magnitude of the cost drop is striking.