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Industrial Applications Committee Update

Wednesday, February 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Industrial Applications Committee Update

Table of Contents
Committee's Mission

Quick Link Resources for Hydriding Embrittlement of Titanium Alloys

Evaluation of NACE Standard MRO 175

Rick Sutherlin Mentoring ITA Member Apprentices on ASME codes

Life Cycle Costing Session Hosted by ITA

Call for Papers – Industrial Markets segment at TITANIUM USA 2017

NACE TEG 120X Reactive Metals

ITA Industrial Committee Members

Committee's Mission
The Industrial sub-group is part of the ITA Applications Committee. The group compliments the already existing Medical, Consumer, and Aerospace sub-groups. Each sub-group chair is a member of the Applications committee and meets on an as needed basis to discuss new proposals or funding requests.

The group's mission is to help facilitate the expanded use of titanium based products in existing and new market sectors and applications. The objective is to contribute to the growth of the overall titanium industry and to promote the selection of titanium as a competitive material by identifying new market sectors and applications and communicating this information to the other ITA committees in support of their annual goals and objectives.
Online Resources for Hydriding
Embrittlement of Titanium Alloys
Committee members have underlined concerns being expressed by end-user customers regarding hydriding embrittlement of titanium alloys. While titanium is considered to be resistant to chemical attack, severe embrittlement problems can arise when titanium-based alloys come in contact with hydrogen-containing environments, where they can pick up large amounts of hydrogen, especially at elevated temperatures. ITA has loaded a query linking all publicly available information on hydriding concerns within the online library. It links to a google search to ensure the user is viewing the most current information available on the internet. ITA will also be preparing editorial related to this topic in the next edition of Titanium Today.
Evaluation of NACE Standard MRO 175
Committee Chair, Chuck Young and Past Chair, Rob Henson met with Sara Standlee at Exova in Houston this past November. They toured the facility and received an update on the project and current testing being completed.

There have been nothing but very positive results so far, no signs of cracking whatsoever, including the test result which had a slightly lower PH. Exova is approaching the NACE Maintenance panel to see which tests need to be re-run or if they would accept the results as is. On the autoclave, the unit that was planned for our test program would not accommodate all the samples and the mechanical stirring device. When we approached the NACE maintenance committee in Austria last year to ask for guidance, they suggested the addition of elemental sulfur which is a more severe requirement within the NACE standard.

The addition of elemental sulfur requires stirring, thereby requiring Exova to modify the lid on their larger autoclave to accommodate a stirrer. The autoclave modifications are underway and on schedule, we expect testing completion mid-March, which will put us in a position to report to the NACE Maintenance panel in September, 2017.

Applications for titanium grade 12 in oil and gas production would include valves, pipes, fittings and heat exchangers. Such components, under MRO 175, must be certified to resist "catastrophic cracking" and failure when operating in a corrosive hydrogen sulfide environment.

Conducting this preliminary work might lead to a fairly abbreviated path in accomplishing this goal and would supply the Industrial sub-group with a roadmap of what would be involved in submitting a ballot to the NACE MRO 175 review committee, which in turn, would lead to a formal proposal for ITA Board consideration. ITA Members will continue to receive updated information as soon as they become available.
Sutherlin ITA mentoring
ASME codes
Richard Sutherlin
P.E. Consulting, LLC
In a spirit of professional stewardship, leaders of the International Titanium Industry (ITA) continue to reach out and provide support to a new generation of engineers, procurement managers and technical sales representatives, all of whom are eager to establish their place in the titanium industry. One example of this interactive outreach is a new program that will involve Rick Sutherlin, a technical consultant of ITA, who will be mentoring these mechanical engineers with the ASME code work, especially as it relates to industrial applications for titanium.

A registered professional engineer, Sutherlin, recently retired in 2015, spent many years at Wah Chang Corp., which was based in Albany, OR. (Wah Chang, following various acquisition moves, became part of the Specialty Alloys division of Allegheny Technologies Inc.). He has served on various committees with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for over 20 years with a focus on reactive and refractory metals (titanium, zirconium, niobium and tantalum). His resume also lists committee work with the American Welding Society (AWS), and he also is a general member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.

The first mentoring meeting was held in February in Atlanta, coinciding with an ASME non-ferrous subcommittee gathering. It's expected that Sutherlin will provide training for the ITA on a quarterly basis. Even though he is still formulating an outline for this mentoring program, he said that topics related to titanium will include: how ASME standards committees work; the process for an technical inquiry into an ASME code; the use of the "design allowables" in the ASME code; how to get a new titanium material into the design code; and how to make titanium alloys more competitive with other materials by using "H" grades.
Life Cycle Costing Session Hosted by ITA
Life cycle costing has long been put forth as a favorable metric to demonstrate titanium's "good value" as a material of choice in a host of industrial applications. However, despite the math and logic that supports the use of titanium compared with competing materials, industry executives admit that this argument, despite its merits, falls short. In some cases, titanium is passed over due to short-term budget constraints for so-called "less-expensive" metals. It's fair to say titanium's durability and affordability as a long-term investment for infrastructure or industrial projects simply doesn't convince everyone.

Barry Benator is looking to address that entrenched mindset and will provide titanium executives and sales representatives the tools they need to make a more convincing case to win business. Benator, the founder and president of Benetech Inc., Roswell, GA, a leadership and management consulting and training firm serving clients throughout the United States and internationally, produces an online seminar on life-cycle costing for the energy industry, and now looks to impart that knowledge to the titanium sector.

ITA has organized a full day session on Thursday, March 30th in New Orleans, LA to provide participants with knowledge and practical tools to help explain and prove to customers the financial benefits of the use of titanium over other metals. It is ideal for professionals from technical, sales, and customer service jobs who are focused on understanding and explaining the financial benefits of using titanium.

Barry wants to give the titanium industry the "ammunition" it needs to prove to potential customers how and why titanium can be a more affordable investment over the long term, even if there is an initial, higher "up-front" price tag compare with other metals.

Simply put, Benator defines life-cycle costing as a calculation to determine the long-term payback for an investment, taking into account the savings and cost over the entire life of a product or system. "The basic idea is: do I spend a bit more now to get a better system for the long haul," Benator explained. "Customers are always concerned about their return on investment. A lot of this is intuitive, but some people have to understand it and ‘see' it before they truly believe it. I try to put together the rationale behind the numbers."

Businesses and governments make important decisions based on financial benefits (and risks) to their organizations. For industrial projects like desalination installations, heat exchangers, and chemical or food processing, factors such as annual maintenance costs, reliability, production speeds and long-term performance come into play. And of course, material costs are factored into the front end of the equation. Benator said his course will provide ITA members with practical tools to help explain and prove the financial benefits of titanium, especially when the application calls for corrosion resistance and high strength. The course will focus on sound financial comparisons of the strength, durability and other benefits of titanium.

Register For The Event Today!
Call for Papers – Industrial Markets segment
The ITA Industrial committee has issued a "Call for Papers" for the Industrial Markets segment of TITANIUM USA 2017, which will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida near Miami. The Industrial Committee is seeking market oriented and technical papers alike on the topics of:

· Field Fabrication / Perceptions (Subset: Repair & Refurbishment)
· Thermal Desalination
· Failure Analysis (Subset: Metallography)
· Corrosion Environment Onshore Vs. Near Shore
· Challenges to our Industry from Titanium Shipyards
· Metallurgy in Industrial Markets

Abstract Submission Requirements/Guidelines: MS Word containing presenter's Abstract should be 500 words or less. File name must be saved and submitted as SurnameFirstNameAbstractTiUSA2017.doc for easy organization. (ieSimpsonJenniferAbstractTiUSA2017.doc) Abstracts must contain preferred panel of topic, keywords, and any co-authors with contact information for the conference proceedings. Only abstracts in English will be considered. Digital Photograph of presenter must accompany abstract. Acceptable formats include jpeg, jpg, eps, png. File name must be saved and submittedasSurnameFirstNamePhotoTiUSA2017.jpg for easy organization. (ieSimpsonJenniferPhotoTiUSA2017.png.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Simpson, ITA 1-303-404-2221 Telephone or Email
NACE TEG 120X Reactive Metals
Steve Sparkowich of NobelClad is chair of the NACE TEG 120X Reactive Metals and will host a TEG 120X Reactive Metals Fabrication Roundtable at the upcoming NACE conference on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 8-10 a.m., at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Click Here to download the NACE TEG 120X Reactive Metals Agenda

The International Titanium Association is working with Steve to fill appropriate presentations focused around repair of titanium equipment. This would include both in-shop repair and on-site, in the chemical plant, repairs. Presentations are to be roughly 15 minutes long with some time at the end of the roundtable to allow for questions. Because this is organized under a TEG (Technology Exchange Group), the presentations will not have to be per NACE requirements but will need to be vetted by Steve and the group of us at ITA that are helping to organize it. For more information, please contact the ITA at 303-404-2221 or by email at
ITA Industrial Committee Members

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