Volume 90 Issue 17 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 23, 2012

Navy To Construct First Titanium Hull

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: Office Of Naval Research, titanium, ship, military

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has ordered its first ship hull constructed entirely of titanium, a development made possible by a new welding technique. Titanium is lighter, stronger, and more corrosion resistant than steel, the traditional shipbuilding material. But it is also up to nine times as expensive and is difficult to weld without weakening the titanium, according to ONR. Researchers at the University of New Orleans and the . . .

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