3.03.2009

Why Isn't Everything Made of... Titanium




















In case you didn't know, titanium is pretty pretty sweet. It's probably tied with gold for my favorite metal.
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Highest strength-weight ratio of any metal
  • Non-magnetic
  • Biocompatible; non-toxic, not rejected by the body.
Titanium saw its first major applications in the military. Russia made submarines with titanium alloy hulls during the Cold War. These submarines were the deepest diving and fastest of their day. However, most people don't get to ride around in submarines. They do break bones though.














Titanium lets your grandma get a brand new hip. Cuz her body is chill with having titanium in it. The biocompatibility of titanium also makes it useful for jewelery, specifically piercings. I don't really like Frank Gehry, but he can't be all bad. He uses titaniums for buildings.










So, obviously, titanium is used for many things. And most of those things are very popular and good. While correlation is not causation, it's something to consider. Since by now you must think titanium is awesome, you must be wondering. "What other useful applications have been found for titanium?"
  • Hikers' cookware
  • Eyeglasses
  • Golf clubs
  • Bicycles
  • Armour plating
  • Airplanes
  • Watches
  • Pens
  • Car parts
With so many things already blessed by the glory of titanium, why stop there? Why isn't everything made of titanium?

1 comment:

Hannah said...

I'm glad you're updating more frequently. This one was particularly enlightening and made me giggle.