Arconic announced the commercial availability of an advanced titanium alloy, ARCONIC-THOR, designed for higher-temperature applications in next-generation aero engines and adjacent structures. It is nearly 50% lighter than incumbent nickel-based superalloys. The alloy’s specific proprietary formulation demonstrates three times improved oxidation resistance compared to existing high-temperature titanium alloys. This improved oxidation resistance protects against deterioration at elevated temperatures.
In other news from Arconic, the company signed a new long-term contract with Boeing to supply aluminum sheet and plate for all models produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The deal draws on material produced by Arconic’s very thick plate stretcher (VTPS), which began commercial production last year and is capable of stretching the thickest aluminum plate in the world used to support composite wings. Combined with its new horizontal heat-treat furnace, which is expected to begin qualifications in 2019, Arconic is able to offer expanded capabilities and capacity in thick plate products.