Titanium is an exceptional material for fasteners, not only is it stronger than steel but it also exhibits several other great properties including corrosion resistance and being lightweight. At TDE we use Titanium fasteners wherever possible, including the bespoke CCM brake kits.
In regard to its mechanical properties, titanium is held in high regard due to its strength-to-weight ratio. The metal is strong and relatively ductile. It has a high melting point, which makes it useful in applications that could involve high heats like CCM brakes. It is not magnetic and does not conduct electricity or heat well.
The strength and low weight of Titanium makes it exceptionally unique, and some grades of Titanium can be anywhere from two to four times stronger than some grades of Stainless Steel. These features make Titanium ideal in some aerospace, medical and military applications.
Titanium is also resistant to a number of solutions, and Titanium Fasteners are resistant to road salt environments making them perfect for automotive use – meaning no more stuck rusted bolts!
The density is 4,5 g/cm3 – 45% lighter than steel and at the same time stronger. Titanium fasteners will function as intended even at temperatures as high as 600°C or as low as -250°C.
Furthermore, titanium is a good dampener and is therefore better than most materials when considering fatigue.
While titanium is not a rare metal, it can seem somewhat expensive – This is due to the difficulty of machining; a result of its extreme thermal insulation properties. Considering the advantages that titanium fasteners offer, we here at TDE truly believe that titanium fasteners are worth every penny!