What is Titanium Heat Treating?
Titanium heat treating is the industrial process of applying extremely high temperatures to titanium so that the metal becomes more workable for manufacturing purposes. Annealing and stress relieving are the two most common types of titanium heat treating used today. Annealing is the titanium heat treating method that serves mainly to make the titanium resist fracture while increasing its ductility, or ability to be stretched into thin wire. The stress relieving method of titanium heat treating, on the other hand, is used mostly to reduce the amount of stress the titanium undergoes while being welded or formed. Titanium often requires either annealing or stress relieving. Titanium that is not stress relieved may crack after being welded or formed, while titanium meant for extensive machine processing usually will not hold up to such heavy processing without first being annealed. Temperatures as high as 1100 degrees Fahrenheit (593 degrees Celsius) for stress relieving and 1450 degrees