PowderMet Receives Titanium Foam Award
February 14, 2001
PowderMet, Sun Valley, CA, received an award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to continue development of syntactic titanium foam. The foam is specifically targeted for use in reusable launch vehicle propellant tank structures. The high strength, lightweight closed cell foam can used in off-shore structures, deep sea vehicles, sporting goods, and other lightweight, stiffness-driven structures requiring high buckling or elevated temperature resistance. Initial investigations have resulted in a material having strength of over 30 KSI at densities less than 2g/cc. The NASA award will enable further improvement in mechanical properties while reducing density and also will address thermal performance and joining.