Steel and titanium are both strong metals that are commonly used. Users are often left questioning which one is better for their project. At metal plating company, Dorsetware, we have put together a helpful guide to explore 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. The metal is as strong as steel but remains 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 services, stainless steel passivation can reduce the chemical reactivity of its surface. The passivation of stainless steel is important to increase the material lifespan and ensure application safety. It is also often 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 regularly used in strong products that benefit from being light. Examples of these include 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 of benefit to titanium. For example, adding platinum to the metal can improve its appearance.
Want to learn more about steel, titanium, or our metal coating services? Call Dorsetware today on 01202 677939 or fill in our online contact form. A friendly member of the team will be happy to help or advise on any of metal finishing services.