R&D efforts at CSIRO, Australia, into the production of 'lower cost' titanium powders are complemented by a strong, downstream PM programme. One of these efforts has focused on the direct powder rolling of commercially pure (cp) titanium powder with a view to the continuous production of fully dense strip. Considerable research is also being undertaken to produce titanium alloy strip, initially from the Ti-6Al-4V alloy, using this process. An experimental design approach has been employed to establish key parameters, maximise the process window and meet property specifications. Demonstration of a proof-of-system at pilot scale is well advanced and the focus is now shifting to seeking industrial engagement with a view to collaboration, technology transfer and commercialisation of the technology. The current status of the technology is surveyed including aspects of the associated market trends and commercial feasibility.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2011|