Titanium Tube

Titanium Tube

titanium tubeTitanium Tubes are available in both Welded Tube and Seamless Tube form and in conformance with leading international standards including DIN, JISC, AMS, GB and ASTM.

Seamless Titanium Pipes are available in length of up to 18m with diameter ranges from 0.4mm up to 340mm.

Welded Titanium Pipes are available for supply in lengths of 12m with a diameter range of 90mm to up 5,000 for heavy wall rolled pipes. Our titanium welded pipes are welded with single continuous weld lines and are 100% xray tested and liquid penetrant testing.

Titanium tube is used in a variety of applications including for use in titanium heat exchangers, condensers and evaporators and medical applications such as implants.

The choice of using Titanium Seamless Tubes over Titanium Welded tubes is largely driven by application and required dimensions of the pipe. Titanium Seamless Pipes generally offer increased strength and pressure capabilities over Welded tubes with welded tubes offering increased options on size and form. If you already know what type you require please find visit our dedicated titanium tube sites. Alternatively speak to one of our team today.

Seamless Titanium Tube

Titanium Tube Seamless

Welded Titanium Tube

Titanium Tube Welded

Specialist Titanium Tubes

We manufacture specialist and common titanium piping and tubing along with popular tubing detailed below. These tubes are either grade or application specific or provided with additional fabrication to the piping.

Titanium Finned Tube
Titanium Grade 2 Tube
Titanium Grade 5 Tube
Titanium Grade 9 Tube
Titanium Tube Coil
Titanium Capillary Tube
Titanium Bicycle Frame Tubes

Titanium Pipe Specifications

Titanium piping specifications for seamless and welded tubes can be found below. We are continually investing in research and development and continually looking to bring the most advanced form of titanium tubes to market. If you are interested in custom design or specialist piping our titanium engineering team is on hand to support you 24/7.

Titanium Seamless Tube Specifications

The table below specifies our titanium tube in seamless form production sizes which we produce to along with the common ASTM production specification. For specialist sizes contact us today.

Dimension Outer Diameter (mm) Wall Thickness (mm) Length (mm)
Size Range: 0.4mm – 330mm 0.3mm – 30mm Max 15m
ASTM Manufacturing Specification ASTM B861, ASTM B338
Titanium Grades CP Grades – Grade 1 to 4. Alloys Grade 5, Grade 9, 12, 24, 26, 29

The table above provides a high level guide to our production capability. Wall thickness that can be achieved are depended on Outside Diameter and Pipe Length.

Titanium Welded Tube Specifications

The table below specifies the our titanium tube in welded form production sizes which we produce to along with the common ASTM production specification.

Dimension Outer Diameter Thickness Length
Size Range: 114mm – 20000mm 0.5mm – 50mm Max 15m
Manufacturing Standards ASTM B862, ASTM B338
Titanium Grades CP Grades – Grade 1 to 4. Alloys Grade 5, Grade 9, 12, 24, 26, 29

The table above provides a high level guide to our production capability. Wall thickness that can be achieved are depended on Outside Diameter and Pipe Length.

When choosing titanium tube it is necessary to decide whether a welded or seamless for is preferable. The decision to use one over the other is driven by several factors including the application of end usage but also the required dimensions and the cost to manufacture. Seamless tubes offers increased pressure capabilities however welded pipe offers increased flexibility over engineering and fabrication.

Titanium Tube Applications

Titanium tubing and piping is used extensively in medical, aerospace, consumer and industrial applications. In medical applications it is an ideal substitute for bone material and so can often be found at use in artificial limbs and surgical implants.

In consumer products titanium tubes can be found in use in bicycle frames, golf clubs and in hockey sticks. The lightweight and high strength properties make it an ideal material.

In aerospace titanium tubes can be found in use as tubes in structural frames, hydraulic pumps, air conditioning systems, fuel hydraulics and braking systems.

Finally in industry titanium piping is the mainstay of applications where its anti corrosive properties are required. Applications including heat exchangers, condensers and evaporators. Titanium tubes can also be found in emerging industries such as geothermal energy production.

Our Showcase of Our Titanium Finished Products

Our titanium tubes have travelled far and wide and can be found in several application spanning medical applications, consumer goods and act as key components of industry. We have an established team of engineers and also offer advance fabrication services against a large stock of standard part designs for end products.

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Titanium Tube Production

Titanium tubing manufacture is a technical process with several steps. The common production stages for both titanium and welded tubes involve the manufacture of titanium billets and slabs by way of the smelting of Titanium Sponge which is the reduced form of Titanium ore.

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Titanium Sponge Powder is formed by the reduction of rutile or ilmenite which is cleaned and sifted to ensure correct sizes before it can be melted
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The titanium sponge is pressure packed into individual compacts with titanium acting the base metal for any additional alloy constiuents such as Aluminium and Vanadium (typically used for the production of Grade 5 titanium).
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The compacts are welded together to form the electrode using a plasma vacuum welding process to create a single column of titanium compacts
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The titanium electrode is inserted into the VAR Furnace inside a suitably sized Copper crucible with the remelting being performed three times.
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After the ingot has cooled it is planed to remove an outer layer of titanium and with a protective coating added before being composition tested and heat number registered
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The titanium ingot is broken down into plates and billets using breakdown forging which are further rolled and forged into required sizes

Titanium Tube Production Process Seamless Tube

Titanium tubes and pipes manufactured in a seamless form follow a different process than welded. Moreover seamless tube can be manufactured in two distinct ways, either through rotary piercing or extrusion.

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Titanium tube billets produced from punching a bar billet are drawn using a titanium tube extrusion machine which continues until the required mill size is reached
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The titanium tube is annealed to its final state condition using an annealing furnace
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Eddy current testing is performed on the final titanium tubes.
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Ultrasonic testing is next performed before a final inspection of dimensions and any special testing requiremets
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Titanium Tube may be finished in a number of states dependent on requirements including polished, pickling, sanblasted, bright annealed etc.

Titanium Tube Production Process Welded Tube

Welded tube is manufactured by rolling flat sheet and plates into a tube shape and welding the seam in between. The thicker the wall the heavier the rolling is and for thinner walled tubes the welding process is automated.

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From a plate or sheet for a welded tube is rolled up into a cylindrical shape with the required machinery dependent on the pipe size. Heavy wall rolling is used for tubes with larger thickness than series rollers used for smaller thickness walls
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X-Ray testing is required to confirm the seam weld ad is performed on the entire length
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Inspection is performed on the titanium tube along with hardness test and other required mechanical and non-destructive tests.
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