Originally Posted by LumpyGrits
Ti not strong
That's total HOGWASH
That alloy you posted, is the same alloy used for the turbine blades in jet engines
Ti would cost 100X that of alloy steel for "U"-bolts.
L(who has machined TONS of Ti)G
Oh believe me, they are not strong enough for the area available for ubolts.
Per pound, nothing can touch it. But titanium is light, very light in every meaning of light. It gauls bad, you might get one shot at a nut going on, forget tightening it. It WILL strip. The blades you mention are most certainly contained by another more suitable alloy, if not, stay off that type of plane!
PM me your address and I will flat rate you a piece to play with, you be the judge. OOPS, sorry, just read that you have machined tons of it, what gives? You obviously know it's strong and weak points? I work with ti as well and know from research and development were it lacks.
Please don't trust me, or any "on-line" info, see for yourself. Aviation and the space industry use CP (commercially pure) ti, but it is composed of aluminum as well. The "V" in the ti designantion is Vanadium, much like chrome or tungsten carbide (WC), too hard to be stable (or not brittle).
Ti has it's place, but not on ubolts, seriously. There is a reason why it is limited to space and flight mostly, it's weight to strength ratio. Bird brains and bones are light LOL