Alloy Development

Developing novel high strength titanium alloys using solid state extraction techniques coupled with thermodynamic simulations.

The research group has been working on developing a range of new low cost titanium alloy and tantalum powders. These alloys, designed in collaboration with Metalysis Ltd., are targeted for applications within the automotive and electronics industries, utilising the low cost nature of electrochemical reduction and the unique compositions that can be obtained by this process.

This approach uses a range of techniques, such as thermodynamic modelling and mechanical property simulation to prediction physical and mechanical properties with validation being achieved through a series of mechanical tests on R&D quantities of material.

As part of this extensive modelling approach a new empirically based model to determine key mechanical properties based on the chemistry of the novel alloy is being developed, this model will allow future development of novel alloys which have been tailored for specifically for a particular application.