Good evening to all, firstly an apology to all the blogs I haven't visited or visited often this week… It has been crazy, work is bedlam, so no chance to blog there, dad went into hospital on Monday (he is fine more to follow), visiting dad, driving dad, Picking Stace's stuff up from work (4 hours in traffic up and back), I haven't even had a chance for a ride (more to follow), as well as day to day house work etc… well you get the idea.…
Length 63.7 m
Wingspan 60.9 m
Height 18.5 m
Seating capacity 300 people
Weight 139,225 Kg
Mass of titanium in construction 58 tonnes
My Father Barry (prototype)
Wing span 2m
Height 175 cm
Seating capacity 3 (1 on shoulders, one under each arm)
Weight 75 kg
Mass of titanium in construction 40 g
Titanium, discovered originally as a combination of two metal oxides, in the Cornwal in the UK In the year of 1791.. then again, still as an oxide in
It was not until an American, by the name of Matthew A Hhunter came along in the year 1910 that we first encountered pure (99.9%) titanium using what is commonly called te hunter process. The young American mixed chlorine and coke (coal, mostly carbon) heated it in excess of 700 degrees to create Titanium Tetrachloride.
The Titanium Tetrachloride is then reduced in the prescence of sodium (electron donor) to produce
This is an outdated process but gives a good idea of purification and redox chemistry.
Current chemistry for those still awake
The military and transport usages of Titanium were not to come until the cold war, in which soviets first utilised the amazing strength to weight ratio of titanium within their submarine designs.
From there we moved on and found ways of using titanium while not killing one another, particularly Aircraft, space ships, armour plating.. "In fact the titanium 6AL-4V alloy accounts for almost 50% of all alloys used in aircraft applications."
(Borrowed from Wikipedia.)
Due to the high resistance to corrosion titanium also has medical applications, particularly the joint in my father's big toe. Yes the joint has been replaced, dad is looking to make a full recovery and will be back on the bike within 5 weeks (I offered to fit cleats to the surgical boot, it is still being considered) , and we owe it all to that wonderful metal, titanium.