PRESENT AND FUTURE PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES OF THE TITANIUM INDUSTRY FOR LARGE PLATE AND SHAPES.
Technical note, rev. ed.,
BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST COLUMBUS OHIO DEFENSE METALS INFORMATION CENTER
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A survey of the titanium producers concerning the present, the 1970, and the 1980 capabilities for making large titanium plate and shapes was conducted. This survey revealed that fairly large plates and shapes are presently available, that larger plates and shapes are technically feasible, but that a relatively small demand for such products has prevented a rapid expansion of this special metal industry to proceed to the larger products. A guaranteed market must be available as the incentive for the industry to move in this direction. The technical problems associated with increased ingot size, increased yield from ingot to product, and increased product size, are not expected to cause insurmountable difficulties. New equipment would have to be obtained in some cases e.g., melt furnaces, etc.. However, the present steel fabrication equipment appears to be adequate for the manufacture of the larger titanium products desired in the future. Author