Arcast, which makes furnaces for alloy production says that it has successfully gas-atomized titanium with a D90 of less than 60 μ (D50 of 25 μ to 35 μ) with no ceramic contact or any other risk of oxide inclusion (no contamination).

The gas-to-metal ratio is a fraction of the ratios conventionally achieved using the standard free-fall gas atomizing method, the company claims. Using this method, it can start from a wider range of melt feedstocks, including bar, scrap or sponge.

‘We look to combine this method with one of our continuous alloying furnaces, previously developed,’ Arcast said in a press release. ‘The next phase of development will be to process a wide range of titanium alloys and other reactive or refractory alloys.’

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