Titanium is a type of metal with numerous spectacular natural properties. It is known to have high corrosion resistance; heavier than aluminum; lighter than steel; and stronger than steel and aluminum. This metal is in high demand in various industries because of its unique and distinct properties.
Titanium Forms and Grades
Titanium is made available in the market in different forms such as sheet, coil, rod, bar, tubing, plate and wire. Titanium plating is available in commercially pure grades 1 through 4 and each grade is used for specific applications. Grade 2 Titanium has good strength and great corrosion resistance while Grade 4 Titanium is the strongest of all unalloyed grades, ideal for use in aeronautical and marine applications.
One of the most important applications of titanium plating is in the medical field. Because it is non-toxic, titanium can fight corrosion caused by the fluids in the body. The metal’s strength to weight ratio qualifies it for a great implant material or a body replacement tool. If titanium plates are inserted into the body, the plates can last up to 10 years without the need for maintenance. The titanium plate is so durable that it will not break even after 20 years.