Titanium in the Automotive Industry
With Titanium’s high melting point, corrosion resistance, and light-weight, it is becoming a highly desirable metal in the automotive industry. Utilizing titanium will result in lighter automotive parts that retain the same strength and integrity of the original steel parts. This in turn can improve the vehicle’s fuel economy and reduce its carbon footprint.
Luxury auto manufacturers, such as Bugatti, have begun using titanium in parts throughout the vehicle that continuously face high-heat and corrosive environments. Brake calipers, engine valves, tire rims, and other mechanical parts are some of the many components that have been made from titanium. Titanium has the added benefit of continued strength versus traditional steel parts with also a reduction in the parts’ overall weight. This reduction in weight can help improve fuel and energy efficiency, and also the carbon emissions from the vehicle as a whole. Titanium also known for being highly corrosion resistant, something that all automobiles face from elements like road salt and extreme cold. Parts made from Titanium will ultimately extend the life of the individual part and the vehicle as a whole.
Currently, the only limiting factor of widespread use of titanium in the construction of automobiles is its relatively high cost to produce, at roughly $29 per kilogram. In the future, improvements to the production and procurement of titanium should bring the cost of the metal down to the point where it can be priced competitively with steel.
As the manufacturing process of titanium improves and the costs come down, there will be a lucrative future for this metal in the construction of consumer grade vehicles. Titanium one day could be as common place as aluminum or steel in our cars or motorcycles.
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