Arconic Unveils Advanced Titanium Alloy for Higher Temperature Aerospace Applications

July 16, 2018

As next generation aero engines run hotter, ARCONIC-THOR™ delivers a lighter, more cost-effective titanium alternative to incumbent nickel-based superalloys

  • Patented ARCONIC-THOR is nearly 50 percent lighter than incumbent nickel-based superalloys for higher temperature applications in aero engines and adjacent structures—driving cost savings and fuel efficiency for customers
  • ARCONIC-THOR offers three times improved oxidation resistance which enables it to operate at service temperatures higher than any other conventional titanium alloy available on the market
  • Company has completed successful development projects with commercial aerospace and defense customers, including a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory project with partners Boeing and Honeywell

Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) today announced the commercial availability of an
advanced titanium alloy— called ARCONIC-THOR— that is designed for
higher temperature applications in next generation aero engines and
adjacent structures. Patented ARCONIC-THOR is nearly 50 percent lighter
than incumbent nickel-based superalloys, driving cost savings and fuel
efficiency for customers and helping Arconic capture growing demand for
advanced aero engine and airframe materials.

“ARCONIC-THOR is a breakthrough aerospace material that goes where
conventional titanium alloys cannot,” said Jeremy Halford, President,
Arconic Engineered Structures. “Next generation fuel-efficient aero
engines are running hotter, presenting a materials challenge for the
exhaust systems and adjacent structures. Drawing on our materials
science expertise, our engineers formulated ARCONIC-THOR—a powerful
titanium solution that can take the heat and unlock significant weight
and cost savings for our customers.”

Within Arconic’s patented alloy ranges, ARCONIC-THOR’s specific
proprietary formulation demonstrates three times improved oxidation
resistance compared to existing high temperature titanium alloys. This
improved oxidation resistance protects against deterioration at elevated
temperatures and enables ARCONIC-THOR to operate at service temperatures
higher than any other conventional titanium alloy available on the

Arconic already has completed successful development projects of
ARCONIC-THOR with customers. These include a U.S. Air Force Research
Laboratory-funded project with aircraft manufacturer Boeing and aircraft
engine manufacturer Honeywell in which we produced full-scale components
from ARCONIC-THOR sheet. The joint Materials Affordability Initiative
(MAI) project validated ARCONIC-THOR as a production-ready, superior
oxidation resistant titanium alloy at temperatures as much as 200°F
above previously available high temperature titanium alloy products with
acceptable oxidation resistance. The project further concluded that
ARCONIC-THOR significantly reduced weight and improved component

The Society of Automotive Engineers – Aerospace Material Specification
Titanium and Refractory Metals Committee (SAE-AMS) recently approved the
standard Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) 6953 for ARCONIC-THOR

ARCONIC-THOR can be produced as sheet, plate, foil, billet, rolled
rings, forgings and extrusions. It is formable (cold, hot,
superplastic), heat treatable, forgeable and weldable.

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complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build
and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced
manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and
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