Steel and titanium are both strong metals that are commonly used. But which one is better and what are they good for? Here at metal plating company, Dorsetware, we intend to help you answer these questions with a helpful guide to the two metals.
Which is stronger?
When alloyed with other metals such as aluminium or vanadium, titanium becomes dramatically stronger than many steels. In terms of sheer strength, the best titanium alloys beat low to medium grade stainless steels. However, the highest grade of stainless steel is stronger than titanium alloys. We recommend sticking with a common titanium alloy if you’re looking for strength.
Which is lighter?
Given its strength, titanium is remarkably light. When compared to steel in a strength-to-weight ratio, titanium is far superior, as it is as strong as steel but 45% lighter. In fact, titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all known metals.
Uses of steel
Stainless steel is very commonly used in modern construction as it is hard, flexible, and easily welded. Steel is also used in products with blades such as knives, as it is harder than titanium. Blades made from high grade steel last for longer than titanium blades. This is because steel often takes longer to deform than titanium. In terms of metal finishing, stainless steel can be passivated to reduce the chemical reactivity of its surface. It can also be used as a parent metal and covered with a metal plating.
Uses of titanium
Due to its impressive strength-to-weight ratio, titanium alloys are often used in strong products that need to be light, such as tennis rackets and bicycles. However, it is also used in ship hulls and propeller shafts due to its resistance to seawater. In terms of metal plating, electroplating services can be applied to titanium, for example platinum can be added to improve its appearance.
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