Current titanium usage is severely restricted due to the cost of the production of titanium metal components. By combining a low cost extraction technique (FFC process) with a low cost near net shape powder metallurgy technique (FAST) there is the potential to drastically reduce the cost of titanium. Further reductions in cost can be made by producing a titanium alloy directly from ore like material – such a synthetic rutile. By utilising synthetic rutile as a feedstock, there is less dependency on master alloy additions due to the presence of remnant elements within the feedstock, left over from its production via the Becher process. My project is closely linked with technology company Metalysis and looks at the production and characterisation of the novel titanium alloys produced directly from synthetic rutile via the electrodeoxication FFC process.
Key highlights from my research include defining the reduction mechanism of synthetic rutile and determining the mechanical properties of the subsequent synthetic rutile derived titanium alloy.