Titanium is a very important metal that was discovered back in 1791 (see our post who discovered titanium). Here are some of the more common uses of titanium in the world today.
Uses of Titanium
- Titanium alloys are used in aircraft (including helicopters), armor plating, naval ships, spacecraft and missiles. Titanium alloys do not fatigue easily, are strong and are resistant to corrosion so they are perfect for use in the above items.
- Most titanium is converted to titanium oxide. This is the white pigment found in toothpaste, paint, paper and some plastics. Cement and gemstones also contain titanium oxide. Fishing rods and golf clubs are also made stronger through the use of titanium oxide.
- Heat exchangers in desalination plants (which turn sea water into drinking water) are made from titanium as it is resistant to corrosion in sea water.
- Body piercings are generally made out of titanium. Titanium is perfect for this as it is easily colored and is inert (will not react with other things).
- Surgical instruments, wheelchairs and crutches are all made out of titanium for high strength and low weight!
- Dental implants are made with titanium. People with titanium dental implants can still go in an MRI machine!
- Hip balls and joint replacements are made out of titanium and they can stay in place for around 20 years.
- Many firearms (guns) are made from titanium as it is strong and lightweight.
- The body of a laptop is often made from titanium.
- Titanium is occasionally used in buildings.
- Football helmet grills, tennis rackets, cricket helmets and bicycle frames are all made from titanium.