Iperionx collaborates with GKN Aerospace to create eco-friendly titanium plates for aerospace purposes.


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In an exciting collaboration, GKN Aerospace and IperionX have joined forces to produce titanium plate test components using IperionX’s innovative titanium angular powder and powder metallurgy techniques. This partnership is the result of successful testing and validation of IperionX’s 100% recycled titanium powder made from GKN Aerospace’s scrap titanium feedstocks. The main focus of this collaboration is to manufacture high-performance titanium plates for GKN Aerospace’s testing purposes.

But this partnership goes beyond just producing titanium plates. It opens up the possibility of future collaborations between GKN Aerospace and IperionX, including projects affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense. Taso Arima, CEO of IperionX, expressed his pride in working with GKN Aerospace and their shared commitment to sustainability and precision manufacturing of titanium components for aerospace, space, and military markets. He believes that this collaboration will help commercialize their market-leading high-performance and sustainable titanium products.

One of the key features of IperionX’s titanium production technologies is their patented Hydrogen Sintering and Phase Transformation (HSPT) technologies, which enhance the microstructure of titanium. This results in improved strength and fatigue properties similar to traditional wrought titanium alloys. IperionX offers a wide range of high-performance titanium powders and products suitable for various sectors, including aerospace, defense, space, hydrogen, automotive, and consumer electronics. Their product line includes conventional titanium plate, bar, and rod products, as well as high-performance ‘near-net shape’ titanium components aimed at enhancing sustainability and manufacturing efficiency.

Traditionally, titanium has been mass-produced using the energy-intensive and costly ‘Kroll Process’ since the 1940s. This process also results in significant greenhouse gas emissions. However, IperionX’s patented titanium production technologies provide a more sustainable alternative. Their methods reduce energy usage and costs and eliminate Scope 1 and 2 emissions, making them an environmentally friendly choice. With limited domestic primary titanium production capacity in the U.S., which imports over 95% of its required titanium, IperionX aims to reshore titanium mineral and metal production, enhancing the supply chain with cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

Sustainable titanium production is a focus of research and development worldwide. Researchers from RMIT University, the University of Sydney, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division have developed a new class of strong, ductile, and sustainable titanium alloys. These alloys have the potential for affordable high-performance applications in aerospace, biomedical, chemical engineering, space, and energy fields. The researchers integrated alloy and 3D printing process design, using Laser Directed Energy Deposition (L-DED) to create these alloys. Professor Ma Qian, the lead researcher, emphasized the circular economy integration of these alloys, as they can be crafted from waste materials and lower-quality resources without the need for costly additives.

IperionX has also partnered with multinational automotive manufacturer Ford to provide them with 100% recycled, low-carbon titanium. This collaboration aligns with Ford’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The partnership involves designing, testing, and 3D printing titanium components for future Ford Performance production vehicles. IperionX’s titanium has the advantage of full recyclability at the end of a product’s life, enhancing component sustainability. This contributes to the establishment of a circular, low-carbon automotive supply chain, which is not feasible with other commercially available titanium production methods.

The collaboration between GKN Aerospace and IperionX represents an important step forward in the development of sustainable and high-performance titanium products. By utilizing innovative production technologies and recycling methods, they are reducing energy usage, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions. This partnership has the potential to revolutionize the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries, and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

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