Titanium: light, strong, and white

Fact Sheet 2013-3059
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Abstract

Titanium (Ti) is a strong silver-gray metal that is highly resistant to corrosion and is chemically inert. It is as strong as steel but 45 percent lighter, and it is twice as strong as aluminum but only 60 percent heavier. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) has a very high refractive index, which means that it has high light-scattering ability. As a result, TiO2 imparts whiteness, opacity, and brightness to many products. ...Because of the unique physical properties of titanium metal and the whiteness provided by TiO2, titanium is now used widely in modern industrial societies.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Titanium: light, strong, and white
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2013-3059
DOI 10.3133/fs20133059
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Mineral Resources Program
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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