Titanium Forming

  • Hydroformed stiffener in high temperature titanium for thrust reverser application

MSM aerospace fabricators is a leading SME manufacturer specialising in complex forming and welding of high temperature metals such as Titanium. We provide a niche service to aerospace OEM's in the supply of difficult to form, specialised components. Our innovative forming technologies offer the highest levels in quality, precision, durability and reliability. Leaders in titanium forming, MSM has the highest levels of expertise and knowledge in forming titanium alloys, the material which will play an increasingly significant role in future aircraft production.

Our expertise includes forming processes, materials, die design and component development as well as prototype manufacturing. The advantages of using Titanium are:-

FUNCTIONALITY

Titanium is an outstanding material in terms of its specific strength. Highest rigidity of shape can be achieved by embossing; sandwich technology allows for high stiffness against denting even with thin panels.

WEIGHT REDUCTION

High performance with reduced weight.

EFFICIENCY

Significant advantages in terms of cost and productivity.

HIGH-TEMPERATURE STRENGTH AND SAFETY

The high-temperature strength of titanium allows it to be used in areas exposed to extreme heat, such as the jet engine exhaust area, hot gas pipes and pressure and fire-resistant housings. Titanium is also almost unbeatable when it comes to safety; for example, its resistance to hydrazine even enables it to be used in rocket propellant tanks. Its galvanic compatibility with composite material (CFRP) makes it an essential factor in hybrid constructions.

Titanium is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and  atomic number 22. It is a lustrous transition metal with a silver colour, low density and high strength. It is highly resistant to corrosion in sea water, aqua regia and chlorine.

Titanium can be alloyed with iron, aluminium, among other elements, to produce strong lightweight alloys for aerospace ( jet engines, missiles and spacecraft), The two most useful properties of the metal are corrosion resistance and the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal.  In its unalloyed condition, titanium is as strong as some steels but 45% lighter.

Due to their high tensile strength to density ratio,high corrosion resistance, fatigue resistance, high crack resistance,and ability to withstand moderately high temperatures without creeping, titanium alloys are used in aircraft, armor plating, naval ships, spacecraft and mssiles.  For these applications titanium alloyed with aluminium, zirconium, nickel, vanadium, and other elements is used for a variety of components including critical structural parts, fire walls, landing gear, exhaust ducts (helicopters), and hydraulic systems.

In fact, about two thirds of all titanium metal produced is used in aircraft engines and frames.  The SR-71 'Blackbird' was one of the first aircraft to make extensive use of titanium within its structure, paving the way for its use in modern military and commercial aircraft. An estimated 59 metric tons (130,000 pounds) are used in the Boeing 777, 45 in the Boeing 747, 18 in the Boeing 737, 32 in the Airbus A340, 18 in the Airbus A330, and 12 in the Airbus A320. The Airbus A380 may use 77 metric tons, including about 11 tons in the engines.  In engine applications, titanium is used for rotors, compressor blades, hydraulic system components, and nacelles. The titanium 6AL-4V alloy accounts for almost 50% of all alloys used in aircraft application.

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