Abstract:Often, we are familiar with the material titanium foil and its properties, but what is this material...
Often, we are familiar with the material titanium foil
and its properties, but what is this material and how can it be used for other applications? While we may not have seen it up close, titanium is a common metal that has applications in a variety of industries. For example, it is commonly used in the shutters of camera lenses and is a key component in the process of exposing the photographic film or electronic sensor to light.
Titanium foil can be as thin as 0.001 inch, but can also be thicker to qualify as titanium sheet or plate. Titanium foil is produced by processing metallic titanium by the Kroll Method. The result is a highly porous yield called "sponge" which is then melted down into titanium sheets. The resulting sheets of titanium are sold by the square foot or square inch and vary in thickness. This makes it an excellent material for applications that require a variety of thicknesses.
The versatility of titanium foil is unmatched by other materials. Not only are it lightweight, but it is also corrosion-resistant and extremely strong. Its excellent properties make it ideal for heat-exchangers, solar panels, and speaker components. As a result, titanium foil is used for many applications, including medical devices and electron beam equipment. A common titanium foil product is the thin-rolled form of titanium, which is commonly used in medical devices.