ISRO’s titanium sponge plant in Kerala

Published on: 18 Aug, 2015
Published under: Kerala Technology News

The indigenous Titanium Sponge Plant at Chavara in Kerala has been fully commissioned and has began business manufacturing required for area purposes, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated on Monday.

ISRO took the initiative to arrange a Titanium Sponge Plant (TSP) in the nation to satisfy the necessities in strategic areas, says the area analysis physique’s web site.

The annual requirement of titanium sponge for area programme is roughly 200-300 metric tonnes. ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre has established a devoted 500 MT every year plant at M/s Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd (KMML), Chavara, Kollam district, it added.

The plant is about as much as improve the manufacturing capability to 1,000 tonnes every year in future, it stated, including that that is the one built-in plant in the world that undertakes all actions proper from mining of Ti minerals to manufacturing of aerospace grade Ti sponge underneath one roof.

The plant has began business manufacturing of Titanium sponge required for area and defence purposes, ISRO stated.

With this, India has turn out to be the seventh nation in the world producing Titanium sponge commercially.

Approximately 350 MT Ti sponge has been realised until date with almost 70 per cent yield of aerospace grade (ninety nine.7 per cent purity). Analysis of the outcomes exhibits that the sponge produced is of superior high quality, ISRO stated.

Titanium (Ti) alloy merchandise discover in depth purposes in aerospace and defence areas.

Properties like excessive power to weight ratio and wonderful corrosion resistance make Titanium alloys (like Ti6Al4V) helpful for liquid propellant tanks for launch automobiles and satellites, fuel bottle/liners, inter tank buildings and interface rings for satellites.

Pointing out that realisation of Titanium alloy wrought merchandise and fabrication of hardware are carried indigenously, ISRO stated, nevertheless, the uncooked materials for aerospace grade Titanium Alloys with excessive purity Titanium sponge was being imported from nations like Russia, Japan and China Even though India is endowed with the third largest reserve of Titanium bearing minerals.
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