A number of different materials are used for the manufacture of tubes, and among them, titanium holds some special importance due to its unique characteristics as a tubing material. Ti tube can be manufactured into either standard sized tubes or can also be customized to produce coiled tubes, finned tubes, capillary tubes, and hollow bars.
Important characteristics of Titanium Tubes
Titanium tubes or ti tube, as they are popularly called, are used due to their chemical resistant nature. Ti tube is known to possess a high strength to weight ratio and they have the added advantage of being corrosion resistant. Just like stainless steel, ti tube is also developed in many different grades, which is then used for different applications. For example, Shaanxi North Steel Co, a popular titanium supplier based in China, produces the following different types of ti tube standards: ASTM B338, B861, B862, DIN 17 861, AMS 4941, AMS 4942 etc.
Application of Titanium Tubes
Titanium tubes serve a variety of applications including use as medical implants, commercial and industrial uses, use in aircrafts etc. Small diameter titanium tubes are used in the automotive industry. Due to titanium’s property of resistance to repeated exposure and non-interaction with many chemicals, it is used in the manufacture of analytical instruments and chromatography. Medical industry is another popular user of titanium tubes since titanium is biocompatible non-magnetic, which makes titanium instruments and tubes MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) compatible.
According to the purpose of use, titanium tubes are either manufactured as welded tubes or seamless tubes. The seamless tubes are either manufactured using the rotary piercing process or the extrusion process.
In recent years, titanium tubes have gained a significant popularity over the traditionally used stainless steel tubes due to titanium being more strong and lightweight than stainless steel.