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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:21

TITANIUM 2012 Aerospace Materials & Processes

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Aerospace Materials and Processes, a speaker panel at TITANIUM 2012, the 28th annual conference and exhibition, will examine titanium manufacturing techniques and alloy selection, both of which are critical for demanding aerospace applications. Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET), Dallas, will sponsor the panel, which will be moderated by Dr. Yoji Kosaka, senior manager, U.S. research, at TIMET's Henderson Technical Laboratory, Henderson NV.

A paper by Dr. Daniel G. Sanders, senior technical fellow, Boeing Research and Technology for Chicago-based Boeing Co., will examine promising new titanium alloys and production methods now under development at Boeing, which may offer advantages over the existing alloy options. With the recent launch of the Boeing's 787 jetliner as a backdrop to his remarks, Sanders will note the ongoing interest in novel titanium alloys, as they are compatible with composite materials because of their similar galvanic properties and coefficient of thermal expansion.

Matthieu Pachoutinsky, metallic material and processes engineer at Dassault Aviation of France, will provide an overview of titanium applications in Dassault airframes. He will focus on structures using forged cast parts, superplastic forming and diffusion bonding. "Whereas landing gear or engines manufacturers take the benefit of the wide range and high quality of material manufacturer's portfolio, Dassault chooses mainly the Ti-6-4 workhorse," Pachoutinsky stated in a preview of his remarks. "This allows us to rationalize our sources and to minimize qualification costs. Though our material portfolio is narrow, we can target a large range of structural parts, with appropriate optimized processes."

Dr. Michael Glavicic, senior materials engineer for international aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls Royce, will review a summary of the progress achieved in the company's "Advanced Titanium Microstructure Modeling" program, which is funded under the Metals Affordability Initiative (MAI). Glavicic states the goal of this program is to develop computational models that predict location specific microstructure and mechanical properties for wrought titanium alloys through the integration of phase field, crystal plasticity, variant selection, thermodynamic and neural net models into the commercially available finite-element software DEFORM®, supported by Scientific Forming Technologies Corp., Columbus, OH.

Dr. Daira Legzdina, principal product design engineer at Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace, will present "Additive Manufacturing of Titanium Alloys".  Additive manufacturing is a layer-by-layer technique of producing three-dimensional objects directly from a digital model without the need for hard tooling. Legzdina will spotlight three technologies are being considered for the production of titanium parts: Direct Laser Metal Sintering (DMLS); Electron Beam Melting (EBM); and Ion Fusion Formation (IFF). Legzdina's presentation will review the various technologies and discuss titanium alloy applications at Honeywell Aerospace.  Additive manufacturing, according to Legzdina, has the potential for major cost savings in the aerospace industry, offering the ability to produce prototypes quickly and inexpensively, ability to produce end of life parts where tooling is no longer available.

Eric J. Fodran, Ph.D., materials and process engineer, Northrop Grumman, Advanced Materials and Processes, Falls Church, VA will discuss Electron Beam (E-Beam) metallic Additive Manufacturing (AM) of Ti-6Al-4V alloy providing a unique opportunity to meet the demands of accelerating production needs by supplying a rapid, cost-effective means of fabricating metallic components that are otherwise cycle time intensive and costly to fabricate.

It's not too late to register for TITANIUM 2012 in Atlanta October 7-10th.

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Titanium Mill Processing and Melting will be one of the many speaker sessions to be presented at TITANIUM 2012, 28th annual conference and exhibition, which will be held Oct. 7-10, 2012 at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE.

The panel will feature presentations by representatives of three Chinese titanium companies. Bo Ji, Feng Zhu and Guihong Qin of Baoshan Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., Special Steel Research and Development Center, Shanghai, China, will discuss "Research of Hot Tandem Rolling Process of TC6 Titanium Alloy Bar." The Baoshan center's research focuses on three kinds of tandem rolling processes and their effect on microstructure and mechanical properties of TC6 titanium alloy bars.

A paper by Wang Chuang, technology master of Baosteel Special Materials Co. Ltd.'s Cold Rolling Plant in Shanghai—titled "Research on the Surface Quality of CP Titanium Coils Treated in Vacuum Furnace"—will examine surface defects, such as black points and blue surface, on commercially pure titanium strip, which often occur after being annealed in a vacuum annealing furnace (VAF). Chuang's presentation will consider corrective measures to eliminate these defects.

Representatives from Yunnan Titanium Industrial Co. Ltd., Yunnan Province, China, will share information on how to improve the quality and production rates of "Pure Titanium Slab Rolling Study and Practice on Twin-Stand Hot Steckel Mills." The presentation will analyze different process features compared with production at continuous hot-strip mills and provide suggestions on how to improve production rates of twin-stand Steckel mills.

A second team of speakers from Yunnan Titanium Industrial Co. will discuss "Argon Protection Annealing Process Study and Application for Titanium Coil." The talk will show how the argon protection bell annealing process can be used to solve surface quality problems typically associated with cold-rolled titanium coil.

Dmytro Kovalchuk, director, JSC NVO Chervona Hvilya, Kiev, Ukraine, will present a paper on "Technological and the economic advantages of electron beam melting of titanium with usage of gas-discharge electron beam guns." According to Kovalchuk, the application of gas-discharge electron beam (EB) guns in electron beam cold-hearth melting (EBCHM) represents an effective way to reduce production costs of titanium ingots/slabs. EBCHM of titanium is an established method for the production of titanium slabs and for scrap recycling. Kovalchuk also will show how gas-discharge EB guns allow for the usage of titanium sponge of low grades for production of ingots/slabs in commercial applications.

TITANIUM 2012 represents an efficient way for delegates to gain timely market intelligence and meet potential partners, customers and vendors. The annual gathering attracts titanium producers, distributors, designers and fabricators from throughout the world. Attendees typically hold executive positions in areas such as management, sales and marketing, product development, production, engineering, purchasing and quality control. Last year TITANIUM 2011, held in San Diego, drew a record attendance of 1,168 guests from 28 countries.

Pre-Registration ends July 16th for TITANIUM 2012.

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Eric Zanin, the senior vice president and head of materials and detail parts procurement for European aerospace giant Airbus, and Benoît Brossoit, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) Vice President of Operations, Hartford, CT, will serve as distinguished speakers at TITANIUM 2012, the 28th annual conference and exhibition, hosted and organized by the International Titanium Association (ITA).

TITANIUM 2012, which will be held Oct. 7-10 at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, is designed to suit the needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers, customers and stakeholders. The gathering offers a broad spectrum of information on the latest business, technology and market trends in the global titanium industry. The event is a forum for panel discussions, workshops, presentations by industry and financial experts, as well as a venue for international networking opportunities.

Sponsored by RTI International Metals, Inc., Pittsburgh, Zanin will provide an overview of the global aviation market and Airbus’ recent development and near-term growth plans. He also will discuss how Airbus’ procurement strategy is designed to maximize business opportunities.

The titanium industry is anxiously awaiting the commercial launch of the Airbus A350 and A380 jetliners, which are slated to be introduced in the 2013-14 timeframe. According to estimates made last year at TITANIUM 2011, the titanium content per airframe for the Airbus A350 and A380 will be 70 and 80 metric tons, respectively. As a result, Airbus’ titanium demand is expected to reach 20,000 metric tons by 2015, up from 11,000 metric tons in 2011 and an estimated 13,000 metric tons this year.

Zanin started his career over 30 years ago at Aerospatiale’s Airbus Division as a structural engineer. From 2004 to February 2007, Zanin managed Airbus’ International Procurement Department and International Cooperation operations. In January 2009 he was tapped as head of business development and international cooperation within Airbus’ Strategy and Future Programs organization.

The EADS group, composed of the Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter business units, generates estimated annual revenues of € 46 billion ($60 billion) and has a workforce in excess of 120,000.

Dallas-based Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET) will sponsor Brossoit’s presentation. Earlier this year Brossoit was named UTC vice president of operations. He transitioned from his position as senior vice president, global operations, at Pratt & Whitney Canada. Brossoit began his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1995 as manager of materials procurement, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in various cross-functional roles within the company’s manufacturing divisions.

Pratt & Whitney, a manufacturer of commercial and military jet engines, is a major consumer of titanium. A news item posted on the company’s Web site ( reported Pratt & Whitney’s PW4062 engine, which has a 94-inch fan blade diameter, was selected to power Boeing Co.’s KC-46, the new U.S. Air Force airlift tanker. Each KC-46 tanker will utilize two PW4062 engines. The deal, announced in late March, calls for as many as 368 PW4062 engines to be delivered to Boeing between 2013 and 2027.

In addition to the presentations by Zanin and Brossoit, the ITA has assembled a cast of leading international titanium executives to share their insights on the World Industry Demand Trends panel—a highlight presentation at the annual titanium conference.

Members of the all-star speaker panel, offering projections on global titanium business trends, include Dawne S. Hickton, vice chairman, chief executive officer, and president of RTI International Metals, Inc., addressing the topic of titanium demand for commercial aerospace airframes; Richard J. Harshman, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, (military airframe and land-based applications); James M. Buch, TIMET, Titanium Metals Corporation, executive vice president, commercial (jet engines); Michael G. Metz, president, VSMPO Tirus US, (overview of the Russian market for titanium mill products); Wuzhuang Zou, president, Baoji Titanium Industry Co. Ltd. (outlook for the titanium industry in China); Shozo Nishizawa, president, OSAKA Titanium technologies Co. Ltd. (outlook for Japan’s titanium industry); Gilles Dussart, chief operating officer, VALTIMET, Boulogne, France (global industrial markets); and Frank L. Perryman, president and chief executive officer, Perryman Co., (world industry demand overview).

TITANIUM 2012 represents an efficient way for delegates to gain timely market intelligence and meet potential partners, customers and vendors. The annual gathering attracts titanium producers, distributors, designers and fabricators from throughout the world. Attendees typically hold executive positions in areas such as management, sales and marketing, product development, production, engineering, purchasing and quality control. Last year TITANIUM 2011, held in San Diego, drew a record attendance of 1,168 guests from 28 countries.

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The International Titanium Association (ITA), Denver, CO, will sponsor its “Fundamentals of Titanium” workshops in Rosemont, IL; Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA and Houston, Texas in the coming months. “Fundamentals” is a comprehensive education series designed to provide detailed information on the types, uses and properties of titanium alloys.

Jennifer Simpson, executive director of the ITA, said the Association has had the good fortune of having excellent instruction for the Fundamentals course over the past 11 years. “Our instructor, Stanley Seagle, has had a diverse background in the Titanium industry. His early career centered on research in titanium physical metallurgy and alloy development. Several titanium alloys developed by Mr. Seagle are in current use in aerospace and corrosion-resistant applications”.

Ms. Simpson said attendees would gain an understanding of applied titanium metallurgy fundamentals. “This workshop is perfect for sales professionals and engineers alike. It provides a fantastic overview of the history of titanium and provides titanium metallurgy concepts in a comfortable, easy to learn environment,” she explained. “The ITA is a not-for-profit organization, focusing on our mission to connect the public interested in using titanium metal with our committees, programs and membership. The support of our member organizations gives us the ability to offer this informative course, with such a high level of instruction, at reduced registration rates 40% less than similar related events….shop around and you won’t find a workshop of this caliber anywhere that is this affordable.”

The workshop sites and dates are: the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare, 5550 N. River Rd., on May 22; the Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 West Trade St., on July 17; the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland St. NE, on Oct. 7; and the Hilton Houston Hobby Airport, 8181 Airport Blvd., on Oct. 24.

In addition to the regional workshops, the ITA offers a “Fundamentals of Titanium Online Course,” which is available in English, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese. “We understand all individuals learn differently,” Simpson said. “Some are visual learners and will grasp concepts easier if they have the opportunity to read the text in their native language while watching the demonstrations online. Others may have auditory learning styles and will achieve best by hearing the presentation as opposed to reading. What’s fantastic about the online program is participants may choose which learning style is best for them in the language of their preference and they are welcome to watch the segments over and over again”. Simpson said participants in the online course will receive a certificate of completion for eight hours of continuing education.

Established in 1984, the ITA is a non-profit trade association. The ITA’s mission is to educate members of the industry, foster the development of new commercial and industrial applications for titanium, and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas within the industry. The ITA furthers its educational mission through annual conferences, workshops and seminars. The association’s much anticipated event, TITANIUM 2012, the 28th annual conference and exhibition, will be held Oct. 7-10 at the Hilton Atlanta.

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Thursday, 01 September 2011 09:20

High Performance Machining at Titanium 2011

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As the global titanium industry anticipates higher near-term metal consumption by major customers, especially those in the aerospace sector, the situation raises fundamental questions: can manufacturing technology keep pace with the projected higher demand?  Will original equipment manufacturers and their contract vendors be able to boost productivity rates to mill, cut, drill, shape and weld titanium in order to satisfy their market requirements? Or will the inherent challenges of machining titanium prevent the metal from achieving wider acceptance in higher-volume applications?

Answers to these important questions will be offered by machining panel speakers at TITANIUM 2011, the 27th annual international conference and exhibition, which will be held Oct. 2-5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.

"Metal removal rates have not increased significantly for titanium machining over the years as it has for aluminum machining," Thomas J. Long, engineering manager/indexable milling for Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, PA, stated. "The primary reason for this is the low thermal conductivity of titanium, which causes higher temperatures at the cutting edge/work piece interface."

Long, who will present a paper on "High-Performance Machining of Titanium—the Systems Approach," explained that as cutting temperatures increase, the strength of carbide tools decreases, which in turn limits the cutting speeds for machining titanium. "Titanium is a high-strength material with a very low modulus of elasticity, which is susceptible to vibrations that increase wear on cutting edges, spindle connections and bearings," he said. By combining proper thermal management and improved dynamic stiffness, he said it's possible to significantly reduce metal-cutting temperatures and mechanical vibrations, thereby improving tool life, metal-removal rates and part quality when machining titanium.

Anil Srivastava, Ph.D., manager, manufacturing technology at TechSolve Inc., Cincinnati, another panel speaker, noted that turning and drilling are the major machining operations in manufacturing gas turbine engines, while end-milling and drilling are the most important techniques in airframe manufacturing. His paper is titled: "High-Speed Turning of Titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) Alloy."

"Innovation turns into increased productivity," Srivastava said. "Research in this field shows that enhanced production rates can be achieved with conventional machining methods if the unique characteristics of titanium and its alloys are taken into consideration."

Srivastava said companies such as Lockheed Martin Aero, Pratt and Whitney, Rolls Royce, and GE Aviation are investing in new production capabilities to minimize machining cost. Machine-tool manufacturers are developing units with ultra-rigid platforms that possess exceptional power and torque characteristics, which can withstand the heaviest cutting forces while minimizing chatter. Srivastava also noted that initial test results show selective nano-layered coated inserts and super-finished cutting-edge prep inserts may significantly enhance the life of cutting tools.

"Machine Tool Design for Titanium Machining," a presentation by Dr. Bernhard Bringmann of the StarragHeckert Group, Switzerland, will explore optimal machine specifications to suit the needs of titanium, citing developments in superior cutting processes. His colleague at StarragHeckert, Thomas Neuhold, will review "Best Practices in Titanium Machining," which will focus on designing a comprehensive process strategy for producing titanium parts. Neuhold will discuss how to combine modern analytical tools and hands-on experience to balance cutting performance and tool cost.

Dr. Roland Holscher of the Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW), will discuss ways to manage the heat generated in the high-speed cutting (HSC) of titanium alloys. Holscher's paper will describe a way to "artificially create the HSC-effect by means of dual machining." A paper by Frank Gorsler of TechSolve ("A Screening Test For Cutting Fluids When Milling Titanium") will examine improved cutting fluids that minimize the effect of tooth entry (impact) and provide an extended time in the cut in order to extend tool life.

Members and Non Members of the Association are invited to register for the upcoming event.  A limited number of Free Expo Passes are available to walk the exhibition floor Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during restricted hours.

The International Titanium Association (ITA) is the host and sponsor of TITANIUM 2011, which is designed to suit the needs of titanium producers, suppliers, customers and stakeholders. Pre-Registration Deadline for the upcoming event is August 31st.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:35

Titanium 2011 Gathers Momentum

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TITANIUM 2011, the international conference and exhibition, will be held Oct. 2-5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California USA.  The event is expected to attract more than 800 attendees from 30 countries, including China, Russia and Japan, TITANIUM 2011—marking its 27th year—is an annual business forum designed to support the needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers and customers.

As the global titanium industry continues to gather momentum for a recovery—spurred by strong demand from the commercial aerospace sector—the conference provides a platform for influential business leaders to share their insights on key developments and trends likely to shape market conditions.

David Houle, a futurist and business advisor, will be keynote speaker for the event. Houle will offer thoughts on "The Shift Age" and "Transformation Decade." He has worked at major TV networks for more than 20 years and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody and Heartland awards for "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" and was nominated for an Academy Award. He publishes the futurist blog,, with the tag line "A Future Look At Today."

John Byrne, vice president of aircraft, materials and structures for Boeing Commercial Airplane will be the "distinguished guest speaker" for the conference. Byrne is responsible for strategic development, contracting and supplier management of the metallic and composite raw materials, fabricated parts and assemblies, forgings and castings and structural standards.

The World Industry Demand Trends speaker panel, as usual, will be a highlight session for the gathering.  Distinguished panel members, representing global business viewpoints from North America, Europe and Asia, include Michael G. Metz, president, VSMPO Tirus US; Richard Harshman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allegheny Technologies Inc.; Dawne Hickton, vice chairman, chief executive officer and president of RTI International Metals Inc.; James Buch, executive vice president, commercial, Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET); Dr. Markus Holz, managing director, Hempel Special Metals GmbH; Wuzhuang Zou, president, Baoti Group Ltd.; and Shozo Nishizawa, president, Osaka Titanium Technologies Co. Frank Perryman, president and chief executive officer of Perryman Co., and past ITA president, will moderate the panel and provide the world trends summary presentation.

Henry Seiner, TIMET vice president—planning and materials, will serve as the moderator for the presentations on Titanium World Industry Supply Trends. Speakers for this panel include Joseph Gambogi, mineral commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey; Dimitrij Orlov, chief executive officer for ELG Utica Inc. and ELG Utica International GmbH; Vincent Rocco, sales manager—master alloys, Stratcor Inc. (a unit of the Evraz Group S.A.); David McCoy, senior partner, TZ Minerals International Pty Ltd.; Hirotomo Maekawa, general manager, titanium sales, Toho Titanium Co. Ltd.

In addition to her role as a member of the World Industry Demand Trends panel, Hickton will moderate a presentation on "The Evolution of Supply-Chain Security for Critical Materials to Support the Defense Industrial Base." This panel will examine the evolution of supply-chain security for strategic and critical materials, including titanium, as they support the defense industrial base.  Speakers will address the need for the U.S. government and industry to consider proactive supply-chain security measures that will foster competitiveness in the 21st century.

Exhibitors at TITANIUM 2011, a diverse group of companies reflecting the global reach of the industry, including producers of conventional and experimental-composition titanium ingots; suppliers of titanium sheets, wire, bars, slabs; suppliers of plasma and electron beam cold-hearth furnaces for melting titanium and titanium alloys; major Chinese producers of titanium products; a designer and producer of titanium jewelry and consumer products; manufacturers of titanium and zirconium process equipment; producers and distributors of titanium and nickel-based alloy mill and specialty products; manufacturers of titanium bars and forgings; suppliers of fasteners and precision components; and other distributors and processors of titanium for aerospace, medical and industrial markets.

Members and Non Members of the Association are invited to register for the upcoming event.  A limited number of Free Expo Passes are available to walk the exhibition floor Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during restricted hours.

The International Titanium Association (ITA) is the host and sponsor of TITANIUM 2011, which is designed to suit the needs of titanium producers, suppliers, customers and stakeholders.  Pre-Registration Deadline for the upcoming event is August 31st.

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